Published: 31.08.2020

The role of experts and scientific authorities during the Corona lockdown

Project leader Heini í Skorini

Resumé This project examines the role of experts and scientific authorities during the Corona crisis. The project examines public trust in experts and scientific authorities and what factors trigger popular trust as well as popular distrust in science and scientific authorities. With the help of quantitative surveys, the project aims to identify what factors trigger either trust or scepticism, and these factors may include age, gender, education, political ideology, religious worldview, income etc. Furthermore, the ambition is also to examine why some scientific issues unite people while other issues trigger polarization and fierce political power struggles.

Project period 01.04.2020 - 31.12.2020  (Project closed)

Team Faculty of History and Social Sciences, the University of the Faroe Islands

Funding COVID-19 funding from the Research Council.


Publications Science as a Political Battlefield: How Cultural Values Shape People's Attitudes to Science (2020). In "Political Identity and Democratic Citizenship in Turbulent Times" (ed. Niels Nørgaard Kristensen). IGI Global.