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Knowledge for Use (K4U)

K4U People

Project Team

Emeritus Professor David S. Byrne

(Case Study: Reconfiguring local health economies: Evidence, policy, practice and participation.) David Byrne is an Emeritus Professor in the Durham University, School of Applied Social Sciences and a Fellow of the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing. Read more.

Professor Nancy Cartwright - K4U Principal Investigator

Professor of Philosophy, Durham and University of California in San Diego: Specialist in philosophy and methodology of natural and social science, especially causal inference, modelling and evidence.
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Dori Castillo

Dori holds BA (Hons) Business Administration & Management in the University of Jaen, Spain. She worked as a PA for Professor Anna Marmodoro and project administrator in 'Metaphysics of Entanglement' at the University of Oxford since 2015. In 2017, Dori joined 'Knowledge For Use' (K4U) as a part-time Research Assistant

Jeremy Clarke

(Case study: Mental health in the EU: Providing ‘objective’ evidence for mental health policies.) Psychotherapy, UK National Health Service and research associate, CHESS, Durham; adviser to the UK government on evaluating the effectiveness of psychological therapy services.

Dr Andrew Fletcher

After studying music at undergraduate and master’s level at Newcastle University, Andrew worked for several years at Northumbria University’s Faculty of Health and Life Sciences. Seeking to apply his cultural knowledge to debates around health and social care, Andrew completed his PhD thesis on music and wellbeing at Northumbria University. This was a realist evaluation of two interventions based in northeast England, which sought to answer the call for better evaluation frameworks around arts and health. He is particularly interested in the meanings of wellbeing and culture within health and social care policy.

Jeremy Hardie CBE

(Research stream 2: Deliberating policy.) Research associate, CPNSS, LSE; former Chair of WH Smith, Loch Fyne Restaurants and the Centre for Economic Policy Research. Read more.

Mr Adrian Harris

Administrator/Outreach Officer (Knowledge for Use: K4U) Read more.

Professor Linda McKie

(Case study:Occupational health, work, and wellbeing: time and space dimensions to policy over the life course.) Dean and Head of School for the School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Edinburgh; specialist in the sociologies of health and illness, gender and work. Read more.

Dr Eleonora Montuschi

(Research stream 2: Deliberating policy.) Associate Professor of Philosophy, Univ of Venice, Ca’ Foscari and research associate, CPNSS, LSE; philosopher of social science, expert on objectivity and evidence. Read more.

Professor Eileen Munro

(Case study: UK child welfare: Understanding the underlying system.) Professor of Social Policy, LSE; a background in both philosophy and social work. Her research has focused on reasoning skills in child protection, with a growing interest in how organisational cultures help or hinder good quality reasoning. Using research findings to inform reasoning has led her to the problems that this project is addressing. Author of the UK's 2011 Munro Review of Child Protection. Read more.

Tamlyn Munslow

(PhD Student) Tamlyn holds a BA in Geography from the University of Leeds and an MSc in International Development from the University of Manchester, subsequently working in impact evaluation on a Department for International Development funded grant. Her research interest is in the system and measurement of evidence-based policymaking. Interested in whether evidence-based intervention and evaluation in fact harm the pursuit of knowledge for equitable policymaking.

Dr Wendy Parker

(Case Study: Climate Services: Taking values seriously.) Reader, Philosophy, Durham; expert on evidence and modelling, especially climate modeling. Read more.

Professor Julian Reiss

(Research stream 1: Building Social Policy.) Julian is Professor of Philosophy at Durham University. He has a degree in economics and finance from the University of St Gallen and a PhD in philosophy from the London School of Economics. His main research interests are methodologies of the sciences (especially causality and causal inference, models, simulations and thought experiments, and counterfactuals), philosophy of economics, and science and values. He is the author of Error in Economics: Towards a More Evidence-Based Methodology (2008), Philosophy of Economics: A Contemporary Introduction (2013). Read more.

Dr Hakan Seckinelgin

(Case study: International HIV-AIDS policies: Reflecting the experiences, needs, and values of intended beneficiaries.) Associate Professor of Social Policy, LSE; expert in international HIV-AIDS policies and using local knowledge as evidence. Read more.

Richard Williams

(PhD Student) Richard holds a BA in Philosophy from the University of Sheffield and an MA in Philosophy from the University of Durham. His research interest is in taking objectivity seriously within democratic deliberation. Interested in whether the threat of ‘rent-seeking’ significantly harms the pursuit of objectivity within deliberation.

Project Associates

Dr Louise Caffrey

Assistant Professor in Social Policy at Trinity College Dublin. Expertise in systems approaches, realist evaluation and safety and policy implementation in ‘complex’ systems, particularly child welfare & health systems. Read more.

Dr Katherine Furman

Katherine joined K4U from the LSE Philosophy Department, where she submitted her PhD thesis on South African AIDS Denialism. Prior to this she worked in South African health policy. She holds an MSc in Philosophy and Public Policy (LSE), an MA in Political and International Studies (Rhodes), a BA honours in Philosophy and International Relations (Rhodes) and a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Law (Rhodes). She is interested in Philosophy of Science, Ethics, and Epistemology in the context of Health Policy development.

Professor Anna Marmodoro

Official Fellow in Philosophy. Metaphysics and the history of metaphysics. Read more.

Professor Alison Wylie

Professor of Philosophy, University of British Columbia. A philosopher of the social and historical sciences, her primary interest is in understanding how we know what we (think) we know, especially in archaeology and feminist social science. She has also published widely on feminist standpoint theory and is working on normative issues raised by an ethic of stewardship and collaborative practice in archaeology. Read more.


Professor John Dupre

Philosopher of Biology, Exeter University. Director of Egenis, the Centre for the Study of Life Sciences at Exeter. Read more.

Professor Elliot Stern

Expertise in Evaluation and International Development. Read more.

Ethics Officer

Professor Mary Kaldor CBE

(K4U Ethics Advisor.) Professor of Global Governance, LSE. Expertise in Civil Society and Human Security Research. Read more.


Professor James Copestake

James Copestake is professor of international development at the University of Bath. In addition to recent work on the Qualitative Impact Protocol (see his recent research has addressed contested perceptions of wellbeing in Peru, financial inclusion and microfinance in India, the relationship between social policy and development studies, and use of challenge funds in aid management.

Dr Inkeri Koskinen

Inkeri is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Helsinki. In her current project she focuses on objectivity in the context of the democratisation of scientific knowledge production. Her other interests include the philosophy of the humanities, values in science, and demarcation. Read more.

Dr Greg Lusk

Greg Lusk is a Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of Chicago investigating the methodology of extreme weather attribution and its use in climate-related decision-making. More broadly, Greg's research in philosophy of science focuses on the epistemology of computer simulations and measurements, as well as the role values play in scientific reasoning. Read more.

Dr Alfred Moore

Alfred Moore is a lecturer in political theory at the University of York. He has taught philosophy at University College Cork, and was a Marie Curie Research Fellow at the University of British Columbia, and a Democracy Fellow at the Ash Center at Harvard University in 2012. Until 2017 he was a research fellow at Cambridge University. His work has focused on the problem of expertise in democratic theory, which was the subject of the Marie Curie fellowship and his recent book: Critical Elitism: Deliberation, Democracy, and the Politics of Expertise (2017, Cambridge University Press). Read more here and here

Professor Michael O'Rourke

Michael is Professor of Philosophy and faculty in AgBioResearch and Environmental Science & Policy at Michigan State University

His research interests include epistemology, communication and epistemic integration in collaborative, cross-disciplinary research, and linguistic communication among intelligent agents. He is Interim Director of the MSU Center for Interdisciplinarity and Director of the Toolbox Dialogue Initiative, an NSF-sponsored research initiative that investigates philosophical approaches to facilitating interdisciplinary research

Contact K4U

Department of Philosophy 
Durham University 
50 Old Elvet, Durham 
DH1 3HN, UK 

Tel: 0191 3346049 
Fax: 0191 3346551

Professor Nancy Cartwright is the PI for K4U.