Trustworthiness, credibility & integrity: the role of social science

I have a continued interest in thinking about what we do as social scientists - what does 'trustworthiness' mean when we can no longer talk about 'value-free' social science? How do we think about 'integrity' in social scientists' public role? What are the trade-offs that social scientists make in terms of values and credibility when they choose one path over another? I think this is a crucial area for researchers to think more about, so I teach aspects of this Masters students on the research methods course I set up (SO832) with Trude Sundberg at the University of Kent.

I am spending 2018 writing several papers and a book at this topic. Initial thoughts can be see in talks at the Social Policy Association conference in 2008 and 2009, titled 'Against evidence-based policy: over-claiming social research and undermining effective policy' and 'Should researchers make policy recommendations at all?' respectively; a presentation at a workshop in Edinburgh in June 2014; and presentations at the Erasmus Institute for Philosophy and Economics in 2016-18. The best starting place, though, is the Queens' Anniversary Prize lecture I gave at York in Feb 2014, available via YouTube. I'm planning to conduct future research in this area, and I'm always interested in speaking to potential collaborators on this too.