Politics and International Relations (PIR)
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Knowledge and Policy: Mental Health in Scotland

This project ran from 2006-2011 and has now concluded. All our major reports are available on these pages. A brief summary document reflecting on our findings is available here

Our study has aimed to identify and understand the cognitive and intellectual roots of public policy decision making, to explore the ways of thinking which inform government. We are interested in three aspects of the relationship between knowledge and policy:

A European project

Our work has been part of the bigger, integrated European project KNOWandPOL, which covers health and education policy in eight countries and at local, national and international levels. In Scotland, our partners have been Jenny Ozga, Martin Lawn and Sotiria Grek of the Centre for Educational Sociology, University of Edinburgh. You can find out more about their work here.

The project was funded by the European Commission and directed by the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Solidarity and Social Innovation at the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium.


Dr Richard Freeman


Dr Jennifer Smith-Merry