What good is research for public policy and professional practice?

16 Nov 2022

A stereotype places scientists in an "ivory tower". Too theoretical, research is said to be unconcerned with the concrete problems that social, health and public policy personnel and specialists face on a daily basis. What is the real situation? Is this commonplace now outdated?

12 years after its launch, the LIVES Centre is testing its research activity on vulnerabilities and life courses by inviting a discussion on this link between research and practice. Is there no exchange between these two worlds? The LIVES Centre invites anyone active in research, social work, health or local or cantonal public policy who is interested in forging this link to a round table at IDHEAP on 16 November from 5.30 to 7pm.

The event will be held in French. Simultaneous translation into English will be available. 

Registrations are open until 10 November 2022


  • Wednesday 16 November 2022
  • 17h30 to 19h00. An apero follows the roundtable
  • Aula of the IDHEAP building, University of Lausanne


  • Introduction 
  • Integrating research in public policies 
    • In social policies
      Caroline Knupfer - Adjointe politique sociale et formation, Direction générale de la cohésion sociale, Etat de Vaud, Lausanne
    • In health policiesMarie Leocadie - Cheffe du secteur prévention et promotion de la santé du Canton de Genève.
  • Health of persons in vulnerable situations 
    Claudine Burton-Jeangros - Professeure en sociologie, membre du Centre LIVES, Université de Genève
  • The user perspective 
    Danielle Jaques Walder - Présidente de l'association Avenir Familles
  • Conclusion
    Dario Spini et Eric Widmer - Directeur et Co-directeur du Centre LIVES