Diversity and Representation: A vehicle for scientific advancement
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About the Event
About this Event
Science always aims to find ways to expand knowledge about the real world: the natural sciences use experiments to gain insights, philosophers use thought experiments, social sciences love case studies, qualitative methods - including interviews, and economics mainly relies of models. All these methods aim at the single goal: gaining knowledge about the world around us to potentially use it for better policies and changed behaviour in our social contexts.
The key limitation of every scientific method is the stage setting imagination of the scientists which is bounded by their lived experience. The more diverse experiences are included in the scientific process the greater the potential for expanding our collective imagination and knowledge.
In this webinar we ask if greater diversity of scientists (specifically economists) is not only a matter of fairness, but also a crucial vehicle for scientific progress. We ask how greater diversity and representation enables us to see more diverse social realities and their interconnections, leading to greater understanding about our economy and society.
We are delighted to have a distinguished panel that will take us on a journey to explore this issue. Please note, all timings below are provisional and subject to change.
2.00 - 2.10pm
From a philosophy of science perspective, Kristen Intemann discusses the scientific blind spots resulting from a lack of diversity
2.30 - 2.50pm
Carolina Alves shares theoretical perspective of how the focus on European/Anglo-American culture, economies and political landscapes as well as the connected claim for neutrality and universality hinders scientific progress in the field of economic policy making and lastly
2.50 - 3.10pm
Arun Advani explores the practical barriers to increasing the diversity of people who study and work in economics
3.20 - 5.00pm
Discussion and Q&A
About the Speakers:
Kristen Intemann: is Professor at Montana State University for Philosophy of Science, Ethics, Feminist Philosophy
Carolina Alves: Joan Robinson Fellow in Heterodox Economics (Girton College)
Arun Advani: Assistant Professor in the Economics Departmant and Impact Director of the CAGE Research Centre at the University of Warwick. Co-chair of the Discover Economics campaign, aiming to increase the diversity of people who study and work in economics. On the Editorial Board of the Economics Observatory.
About the organisers and the Festival of Social Science:
This webinar is brought to you by Rebuilding Macroeconomics and the National Institute of Economic and Social Research. This event as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science 2020 was made possible thanks to funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), which is part of UK Research and Innovation.