At CHESS the humanities engage the sciences and society to promote knowledge for use. What kinds of academic knowledge — 'science' in the German sense — can best inform policy and practice, what methods will produce this knowledge and how should this knowledge be put to use? Special areas of focus are climate science, economic modelling, evidence-based social and economic policy, public health, biomedical science (especially genetics and stem-cell research) and general issues about the role of values in science.
- to enable, develop and support world-leading interdisciplinary research and knowledge exchange on how to produce scientific knowledge that can more effectively be put to use in policy and practice
- to foster links with institutions with related concerns within the University, the UK and abroad
- to train young researchers on how better to create and to join academic knowledge with practical needs
- to make concrete contributions in targeted areas, which currently include climate science, economic modelling, evidence-based social and economic policy, public health and biomedical science
- to understand better the role of values in science
- to cooperate with other Durham Centres and Institutes on wider projects in which CHESS input and expertise can be of help