School of Sociology and Social Policy

Vaccine Hesitancy and Public Mistrust of Science

Monday 12th December 2022 (15:00-17:00)
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This webinar is organised by VAX-TRUST, Addressing Vaccine Hesitancy in Europe, a research project studying vaccine hesitancy in seven European countries. The project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No 965280 and is coordinated by Tampere University. The project’s Principal Investigator, Dr Pia Vuolanto from Tampere University, will be chairing the event.

We welcome all interested parties to participate!

Presenting: Professor Maya J. Goldenberg

This talk will examine public trust and controversies surrounding science in general, and vaccine hesitancy specifically. It will reject the prevailing view that the publics misunderstand the science or hold “anti-science” views. Instead, a theory of epistemic trust that permits better understanding and framing of vaccine hesitancy is offered.

Maya J. Goldenberg is Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Guelph and a member of the VAX-TRUST advisory board. Her research centers on the philosophy of science and medicine, with interest in the connection between science and values. Her recent book, Vaccine Hesitancy: Public Trust, Expertise, and the War on Science, has been awarded the 2022 Philosophy of Science Association Prize for Feminist Philosophy of Science.

Commentator: Professor Pru Hobson-West

Pru Hobson-West is Professor of Science, Medicine and Society and Director of the Institute of Science and Society at the University of Nottingham, UK. She has extensive experience in the study of vaccine hesitancy from a social scientific perspective and is a Team Leader in the VAX-TRUST research project. Prof. Hobson-West will provide the commentary.

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