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Criminology Seminar Series - The Politics of Being an Expert: A Critical Realist Auto-ethnography of Drug Policy Advisory Panels in the UK

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The Politics of Being an Expert: A Critical Realist Auto-ethnography of Drug Policy Advisory Panels in the UK
Speaker: Professor Alex Stevens (University of Kent)

The work of ‘experts’ with policy advisory panels plays an important part in the making of illicit drug and other policies. This talk will explore what is involved in this work, using critical realist auto-ethnography drawn from experience of over five years of working with the UK Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs and the House of Commons Health and Social Care Committee. The talk will consider: how some people become recognised as a ‘suitable’ expert through relational networks of esteem, while others are excluded; how bureaucratic processes and scientific modes of discourse select some types of information rather than others for the creation of acceptable evidence; and how agenda setting and self-censorship can reinforce the exclusion of other knowledges, further narrowing the range of people and ideas that shape evidence for policy.

About the Criminology Seminar Series
In line with the School of Law, Birkbeck's research and teaching ethos, the Criminology Seminar Series aims to provide a platform for critical and interdisciplinary research, showcasing prominent and path-breaking research on crime, criminal justice and related themes by scholars from within and beyond Birkbeck. The series is convened by Dr Sappho Xenakis, School of Law, Birkbeck.

Attendance to the events is free but registration is required. Talks from the 2020/21 series will be available for download via the website. Find out more about the series here. The hashtag for the event is #BBKCrimSeries.

This event is open to the public and free to attend however booking is required via this page. The event will be hosted on Collaborate, a free to access website. You will be sent a link to access the event upon registration.

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