Social Science and Public Policy

Richard Freeman

Europe's spaces of action

What do we imagine when we imagine Europe and the European Union? What unacknowledged assumptions do we hold? In Governing Europe’s Spaces, we re-imagine Europe as a space of action. We elaborate our concept of space – physical, symbolic, peopled, bordered, multiple and routinised – and ask where are these spaces of Europe and what goes on in them?


Knowing Governance

Knowing Governance. The epistemic construction of political order is edited by Jan-Peter Voß and Richard Freeman, and sets out to understand governance through the design and making of its models and instruments. What kinds of knowledge do they require and reproduce?...


Doing Politics in Translation

was the title of the 14th Kåte Hamburger lecture given at the Centre for Global Cooperation in Duisburg in October...


Doing Democracy

was a panel Darcy Leigh organized at this year's Policy & Politics conference, with additional papers by Oliver Escobar, Deborah Holman and Sophie Thunus...


Doing politics, teaching politics

was a presentation to the PSA/BISA Learning and Teaching conference in Bristol in September...


doingpolitics.space

highlights our thinking and teaching about what we do when do politics...


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Richard Freeman is Professor of Social Science and Public Policy and Co-Director of the Academy of Government at the University of Edinburgh. He teaches knowledge and practice on the Academy's Master's programme in Public Policy, as well as theory and method in the Graduate School of Social and Political Science. He is a former Fulbright Scholar and Jean Monnet Fellow, and has held visiting positions at the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg, Bremen, the Institut d'Études Politiques ('Sciences Po'), Paris and Yale University, New Haven.

His research is concerned with knowing and doing in politics, that is with what policy makers, practitioners and others know and do when they go to work. It draws on public policy as well as social theory, the sociology of knowledge and science and technology studies in exploring public action. His most recent books are, with Steve Sturdy, Knowledge in Policy: embodied, inscribed, enacted (Policy Press 2014) and, with Jan-Peter Voß, Knowing Governance: the epistemic construction of political order (Palgrave Macmillan 2015). He is co-editor of Palgrave Studies in Science, Knowledge and Policy.

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Richard Freeman
Academy of Government
School of Social and Political Science
University of Edinburgh
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