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Cogito has a suite of collaborations with non-academic partners nationally and internationally, which ensure uptake of our results in policy and practice.

Impact & KE:

  • 2023. Knowledge & Society' Public Outreach Event: Philosophy talks and art exhibition on issues in social epistemology. Organisers: Mona Simion (University of Glasgow), Elizabeth Gray (Glasgow School of Art) and Pinelopi Stylianopoulou (University of Glasgow). Featuring talks by Paul Faulkner, Giada Fratantonio, John Greco, Matt McGrath, Mona Simion, and David Sosa and artworks by Alan Brash, Jennifer Clason, David Frondigoun, Martin J Godfrey, George Irons, Laura Hepner, Jacqui Kiel, Karen McAdie, Morag McDonach, Douglas William McKnight, Evelyn Mullen, Mona Simion, Pinelopi Stylianopoulou, Jennifer Taylor, and Judith Wynne.


  • 2023. Dark Age 2.0? Stand-up comedy show, with Claire Field (Glasgow) and Matthew Jope (Edinburgh). At the 'Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas', 'The Stand' Comedy Club, Edinburgh. Part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Topic: Is the internet making us smarter or just fuelling doubt and confusion? How is good communication possible in the era of bots, trolls, and echo chambers? Claire and Matt scrutinise communication and information through the ages, looking at the ways technology can increase ignorance, disinformation, and misunderstanding. From the printing press and public libraries to cat videos, Plato, and the attention economy, do the mechanics of the internet threaten to usher in a new Dark Age?

  • 2022. Documentary film: ‘Scotland, African Voices: The Covid19 Vaccine Debate’. PI: Josephine Adekola (Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow). Key Contributor: Mona Simion (Philosophy, University of Glasgow). The documentary aims to address health inequalities and save lives by encouraging vaccine take-up in the Scottish African, Caribbean and Black community, and by highlighting social-epistemological obstacles amongst barriers to vaccination for these communities. Full documentary available here. Trailer available here.

    • Shortlisted for the Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards 2023, in the category "Making a Social Difference'.

    • Partners: Sarah Gilbert and the Vaccine Knowledge Group (University of Oxford), Emma Thompson (the MRC Centre for Virus Research), Deji Bolarinwa (University of Ilorin, Nigeria) Duncan Pritchard (University of California Irvine), Ilan Kelman (University College London, Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction), Jason Leitch (National Clinical Director, the Scottish Government), Claire Cameron (Public Health Scotland), Pastor Yinka and Adefolake Adesina (Fountain of Living Water, RCCG, Ayr), pRESPECT Hub Edinburgh, Sharpen Her: the African Women's Network (SHAWM), Glasgow Black and Scot, Aberdeen Jezreel Consultancy.

  • 2022. White Paper: ‘Trust, Disinformation, and Evidence Resistance.’ In response to the UK Parliament Call for Evidence: ‘Fighting Disinformation with Trustworthy Voices.’ Authors: Mona Simion and with Chris Kelp. Published on the UK Parliament website here.

  • 2022. 'Ways of Seeing' Roundtable. ArCadia Festival of Ideas, University of Glasgow. Speakers: Mona Simion (Philosophy, Glasgow) and Giovanna Vitelli, Head of Collections, Hunterian Museum).

  • 2021. ‘Climate Justice, Risk, and Wellbeing’ public debate. Panelist: Mona Simion. Organiser: Christopher Willard-Kyle (Glasgow, Philosophy). COP26 UK Universities Innovation Showcase, Glasgow, UK.

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