Social Sciences on Trial
Tuesday 10 March 2020
Venue: The Old Theatre, the Old Building, LSE
With public trust in democracy at the lowest it has been in decades; in a time of mounting social discontent and increasing inequality particularly between the rich and poor, the healthy and sick, old and the young; the homed and the homeless who is it that we can look to for help in such uncertain times?
It is said knowledge is power yet what is it that the economists, political scientists, policy makers, lawyers and social science researchers offer us in terms of a way forward? What information and tools, can, should or they have provided us, the people, in order to tackle some of the complex problems arising in society today?
On Tuesday 10 March STICERD and the Department of Economics, in partnership with the Department of Law and School of Public Policy will look to answer some of these questions by putting the social sciences on trial for the crime of failing society.
In the form of a mock trial, presided over by a ‘judge,’ the prosecution will argue the case on behalf of the people, while the professors will defend their science. The jury (the live audience) will also have the opportunity to question witnesses. The trial will decide whether the social sciences, as an area of research, commentary and investigation has failed society.
The verdict will be live at 8pm in the Old Theatre.
This is a free public event – Register via Eventbrite
The hashtag for this event will be #LSETrial
Please contact Lubala Chibwe, if you have any queries.
Department of Law, LSE
Lawyers for the Prosecution
Lawyers for the Defence
Research Director LSE
Dr Michael Muthukrishna (assisting Counsel)
Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science, LSE
Witnesses for the Prosecution
Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford
Department of Government, LSE
Director of STICERD, LSE
Witnesses for the Defence
Chief Economist, Department for International Development
Department of Economics, UCL
The British Academy
Jury of the People
Live audience (in the room and online via live stream)