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Science and the Social Contract

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Lefroy, EC, Science and the Social Contract, Ryk Goddard, ABC Radio, Hobart (2017) [Media Interview]

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On October 6th at 4pm the book "Enhancing Science Impact: bridging research, policy and practice" by UTAS researchers Peat Leith and Marcus Harward with colleagues Kevin O’Toole and Brian Coffee will be launched at IMAS, Castray Esplanade Hobart. Its subject is renegotiating the contract between science and society. The original contract between science and society involved the production of reliable knowledge with the emphasis on predictability and reproducibility: science makes discoveries and delivers them to decision-makers. Then around the middle of last century something went wrong. We needed science to understand why technology was having unanticipated and harmful consequences (think Silent Spring, Bophal and 3 Mile Island). The original contract breaks down when the facts are uncertain, the values are in dispute and the stakes are high. The new contract demands production of socially robust knowledge ("its very clever but how do you know we want it/we need it/it won’t kill us?")

Item Details

Item Type:Media Interview
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental Science and Management
Research Field:Environmental Management
Objective Division:Environment
Objective Group:Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation
Objective Field:Sustainability Indicators
Author:Lefroy, EC (Professor Ted Lefroy)
ID Code:122159
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Centre for Environment
Deposited On:2017-11-02
Last Modified:2017-11-02
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