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The Science, Policy and Practice Interface


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]

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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 Details

Item Type:Government or Industry Research
Keywords:co-production, knowledge systems, conservation
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Sociology and social studies of science and technology
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Other environmental management
Objective Field:Other environmental management not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Leith, P (Dr Peat Leith)
ID Code:134882
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:TIA - Research Institute
Deposited On:2019-09-11
Last Modified:2019-09-12

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