Wyborn, C and Leith, P and Hutton, J and Ryan, M and Montana, J and Gallagher, L, The Science, Policy and Practice Interface, Synthesis paper, Luc Hoffmann Institute, Switzerland (2017) [Government or Industry Research]
Understanding how to improve the relationships between science, policy and practice has been described as one of the critical challenges for sustainable development in the 21st century (UNEP, 2012; UNDESA, 2015). While conservation researchers have long sought to address the challenges of ‘science uptake’ in policy and practice, exploration of how conservation research informs policy and practice is a reasonably nascent area of academic scholarship within the conservation community.
This discussion paper draws on a variety of social science research fields to understand what this research has discovered and how that expertise can inform conservation activities. We explore different ‘mental models’ of the relationships between science, policy and practice, and the solutions that correlate with each model. We discuss the strengths, weaknesses and limitations of these models in relation to how each can enable more effective conservation policy and practice.
|Item Type:||Government or Industry Research|
|Keywords:||co-production, knowledge systems, conservation|
|Research Division:||Studies in Human Society|
|Research Field:||Sociology and Social Studies of Science and Technology|
|Objective Group:||Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity|
|Objective Field:||Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity of environments not elsewhere classified|
|UTAS Author:||Leith, P (Dr Peat Leith)|
|Deposited By:||TIA - Research Institute|
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