Why the epistemologies of trust researchers matter

Neve Isaeva, Reinhard Bachmann, Alexandra Bristow, Mark N.K. Saunders

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In this thought piece we take stock of and evaluate the nature of knowledge production in the field of trust research by examining the epistemologies of 167 leading trust scholars, who responded to a short survey. Following a brief review of major epistemological perspectives, we discuss the nature of the prevalent views and their geographical distribution within our field. We call on trust researchers to engage in epistemological reflection, develop their own awareness of alternative epistemologies, and ensure their work draws on and cites relevant research contrary to their preferred epistemological approach. To support this we ask editors of relevant journals to foster pluralism in trust research, publishing work from a range of epistemologies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)153-169
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Trust Research
Issue number2
Early online date27 Aug 2015
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 27 Aug 2015


  • epistemology
  • trust
  • the trust field
  • epistemology
  • pluralism
  • leading trust researchers
  • trust knowledge
  • researcher reflexivity


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