Accepted Paper:

Openness in Global Advisory Groups  


Sameea Ahmed Hassim (Université Libre de Bruxelles)

Paper short abstract:

This paper aims to highlight how openness is practiced in two global advisory groups. The case studies examined are the World Health Organization's Strategic Advisory Group of Experts in Immunization (SAGE) and UNESCO's International Bioethics Committee (IBC)

Paper long abstract:

Boundary organizations are theorized as sites that straddle the interface between science and politics (Guston, 1999). Of importance in global governance is the idea of openness. This paper aims to analyze the kinds of strategies global boundary organizations use to convince interested and affected parties that they are the authorities in the field, including openness. It analyses interactions in the process of knowledge production in the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts in Immunization (WHO) and the International Bioethics Committee (UNESCO), bringing empirical evidence to light about how the organizations shape knowledge of science and technology in global governance.

Panel T073
Epistemic Regimes - Reconfiguring epistemic quality and the reconstitution of epistemic authority