Who we are

The Conversation is an independent source of news and views, sourced from the academic and research community and delivered direct to the public.

Our team of professional editors work with university and research institute experts to unlock their knowledge for use by the wider public.

Access to independent, high quality, authenticated, explanatory journalism underpins a functioning democracy. Our aim is to allow for better understanding of current affairs and complex issues. And hopefully allow for a better quality of public discourse and conversations.

We aim to help rebuild trust in journalism. All authors and editors sign up to our Editorial Charter. All contributors must abide by our Community Standards policy. We only allow authors to write on a subject on which they have proven expertise, which they must disclose alongside their article. Authors’ funding and potential conflicts of interest must also be disclosed. Failure to do so carries a risk of being banned from contributing to the site.

The Conversation launched in Australia in March 2011 and in the UK in May 2013.

The Conversation started in Melbourne Victoria and the innovative technology platform and development team is based in the university and research precinct of Carlton.

We believe in open access and the free-flow of information. The Conversation is a free resource: free to read (we’ll never go behind a paywall), and free to share or republish under Creative Commons licensing. All you need to do is follow our simple guidelines. We also provide indispensable media resource: providing free content, ideas and talent to follow up for press, web, radio or TV.

Sincere thanks go to our partners: University of Aberdeen; Bath Spa University; University of Birmingham; University of Bradford; University of Brighton; University of Bristol; Brunel University London; Cardiff University; Cardiff Metropolitan University; City University London; Coventry University; Durham University; Edinburgh Napier University; University of Essex; Glasgow Caledonian University; Goldsmiths, University of London; King’s College London; Lancaster University; University of Leeds; University of Leicester; University of Liverpool; University of Nottingham; The Open University; Queen Mary University of London; Queen’s University Belfast; University of Salford; University of Sheffield; University of Southampton; University of Surrey; University of Sussex; UCL and University of Warwick.

Thanks also to funders Esmée Fairbairn Foundation; HEFCE (Higher Education Funding Council for England); HEFCW (Higher Education Funding Council for Wales); the Nuffield Foundation; The Ogden Trust; Research Councils UK; and Scottish Funding Council, and to strathegic partners; the Alliance For Useful Evidence; Kingston Smith; Macfarlanes; SAGE; and the Wellcome Trust.

Our newsroom is based in London, but our team is part of a global newsroom able to share content across sites and around the world. The Conversation UK is owned by The Conversation Trust (UK) Limited and is a not for profit educational entity.