Dr Stephen John is one of the Directors of the project, Limits of the Numerical. This project explores one of the most pressing sets of questions for modern social science and its relation to policy. What are the effects on a system of social policy when numerical quantification and evaluation is introduced into that system? How does the use of numerical evaluation exclude, trivialize or distort other systems of political, moral and social evaluation? What are the political and moral consequences of this shift towards numerical evaluation? These questions are addressed with respect to three distinct strands of social policy — education, climate change and healthcare — three areas where social science, policy and the gritty world of politics interact with intense urgency.
In Michaelmas 2015 Stephen will also be one of the CRASSH Early Career Fellows, working on his own research on Sincerity, Science and Values.
Stephen John is University lecturer in the Philosophy of Public Health. His research interests are mainly in issues at the intersection of philosophy of science, political philosophy and public health policy-making. In his on-going research, he is studying issues of risk communication both in clinical contexts and in broader social communication.