Investigating Public trust in Expert Knowledge: Narrative, Ethics, and Engagement

Silvia Camporesi, Maria Vaccarella, Mark Davis

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“Public Trust in Expert Knowledge: Narrative, Ethics, and Engagement” examines the social, cultural, and ethical ramifications of changing public trust in the expert biomedical knowledge systems of emergent and complex global societies. This symposium was conceived as an interdisciplinary project, drawing on bioethics, the social sciences, and the medical humanities. We settled on public trust as a topic for our work together because its problematization cuts across our fields and substantive research interests. For us, trust is simultaneously a matter of ethics, social relations, and the cultural organization of meaning. We share a commitment to narrative inquiry across our fields of expertise in the bioethics of transformative health technologies, public communications on health threats, and narrative medicine. The contributions to this symposium have applied, in different ways and with different effects, this interdisciplinary mode of inquiry, supplying new reflections on public trust, expertise, and biomedical knowledge.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23–30
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Bioethical Inquiry
Issue number1
Early online date31 Jan 2017
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2017

Structured keywords

  • Centre for Humanities Health and Science


  • Public trust
  • Trust
  • Expertise
  • Expert knowledge
  • Narrative
  • Biopolitics


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