Dr Martyn Pickersgill wins Rising Star award from British Academy
Dr Martyn Pickersgill has recently won a British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award for his research project 'How Should Social Science Inform Policy? Engaging Across Academia and Society'
To be awarded a British Academy Rising Star Engagement Awards (BARSEA), recipients must be within ten years of the award of their doctorate, and work within any area of the humanities and social sciences. Current awardees like Martyn include “some of the most promising and talented academic minds in the country”.
BARSEAs are held for 12 months, and each candidate is championed by a Fellow of the British Academy.
'How Should Social Science Inform Policy?'
Martyn’s project asks, in an age when 'post-truth' politics and distrust of experts is said to be characteristic of civil society, how should research be used in policy?
This is addressed through events on global health, neuroscience and social policy, and mental health. Speakers include members of the House of Commons, Scottish Government, BBSRC and the WHO.
Martyn has also been appointed Distinguished Visiting Scholar in the Faculty of Law, University of Technology Sydney, Australia. During his visit, Martyn will give a lecture entitled 'Law, Science and Psychiatry: On the Construction of Pathological Antisociality within Mental Health’.
He will also facilitate a public engagement event asking, ‘What role should US psychiatric categories play in Australian mental health?’ with speakers from across Australia and the UK presenting briefly before a wider discussion among all participants.
More about Dr Pickersgill
Martyn is a Wellcome Trust Reader in Social Studies of Biomedicine at the Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics, University of Edinburgh. He conducts research in the social sciences and medical humanities, with primary expertise in the sociology of science, technology and medicine. Martyn holds a range of roles throughout the University, including membership of many centres and institutes, and activity relating to equality & diversity.