A key goal of environmental research is to inform policy and decision-making. Though, environmental experts working at the interface between policy, science, and society face complex challenges, including how to recognize sources of disagreement over environmental issues, communicate uncertainties and limitations of knowledge, and handle controversial topics like genetic modification and the use of biofuels. Environmental Expertise: Connecting Science, Policy and Society, (PDF) discusses the problems environmental experts faced in the interaction between knowledge, society, and policy on both a conceptual and practical level. Significant findings from social science research are illustrated with a range of case studies, from fisheries to fracking. The ebook offers guidance on how to tackle these challenges, equipping readers with tools to better comprehend the diversity of environmental knowledge and its role in complex environmental issues. Written by leading social and natural scientists, this text provides an essential resource for scientists, students, and professionals working at the science-policy interface.
‘The novel perspectives in this ebook, as well as its cases and conceptual advances, will come as a wanted resource for those interested in understanding the controversies around the use of environmental expertise. Similarly, it will be welcomed by environmental scientists looking to navigate the shoals of practicing and representing science on the one hand and helpful communication and making a transformation in the world on the other.’ — Arun Agrawal, University of Michigan
‘Environmental Expertise: Connecting Science, Policy and Society is important and timely. There has never before been such a dire need for evidence to underpin environmental policy, and yet there is also an increasing appreciation among researchers of the complexities and risks related to engaging with the policy community. The ebook is rooted in the latest theoretical understandings from social science, explained in a manageable way, and it very quickly moves from theory to practice, showing how these visions can inform how environmental scientists work around controversial topics. The use of detailed case studies complements the widespread use of helpful examples throughout the ebook. I have found reading this ebook both inspiring and instructive, and believe that many researchers will benefit significantly from reading it. I will certainly be recommending it to coworkers.’ — Mark Reed, Newcastle University
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