Making Science Public: Challenges and Opportunities


Making Science Public:
Challenges and Opportunities


A five-year research programme funded by the Leverhulme Trust (2012-2018) looking at the challenges involved in making science public; making public science; making science in public; making science more public; making science private...How are such activities changing the relationship between science, politics and publics, and what are the normative implications for problems relating to political legitimacy, scientific authority and democratic participation? 

This research is carried out within the Institute for Science and Society


Between 2012 and 2018 the School of Sociology and Social Policy hosted a research programme funded by the Leverhulme Trust: 'Making Science Public'. This programme was directed by Professor Brigitte Nerlich, now Emeritus, between 2012 and 2016, and by Dr Sujatha Raman, now working at the Australian National University in Canberra, between 2016 and 2018. If you want to know more about the programme, you can now read highlights from our final report.

Research outputs

We have a variety of research outputs including journal articles, policy reports, books and book chapters, conference papers and a programme blog.


Dr Sujatha Raman

Leverhulme Trust Research Programme: Making Science Public

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Andrea Wulf’s ‘Magnificent Rebels’ (2022)

The situation in this country and around the world is quite depressing and I wondered what could cheer me up. Then I started to read Andrea Wulf’s Magnificent Rebels: The First Romantics and the Invention of the Self and that did the trick (I had previously read her biography of Alexander von Humboldt and enjoyed that too). ...

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Tipping point

Over the past 15 years or so, the use of the term ‘tipping point’ has exploded in the scientific literature. My current interest was sparked by a new paper on tipping points published in Science. The lead author is David Armstrong McKay, a University of Exeter Earth systems scientist, and the paper is an update ...

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Programme funded by:

Programme funded by The Leverhulme Trust in collaboration with the University of Warwick and the University of Sheffield.






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