Science-policy interactions of adaptation

The importance of scientific knowledge in policy processes seems virtually undisputed. The academic literature traditionally problematizes the use of scientific knowledge in the policy domain: science and policy were often seen as different cultures divided by communication problems and diverging interests. This resulted in standard views of science and policy, still much present in the debate, which sees science and policy as virtually mutually exclusive. More recently however, partly under the influence of debates on the science underpinning climate policy, it is being recognized that the relation between science and policy is more complex. Models on the relation between science and policy have come to the fore that emphasize concepts such as science brokers, the science-policy interface, and boundary organizations. Those analyzing science-policy interactions on the basis of these models ask questions about: the way scientists move from descriptive analysis to prescription, how scientists operate in the media or in the courts, how personal and organizational values influence scientific advice, and how networks of relations between scientist and policy makers influence the advice giving function of scientists. We are particularly interested in conceptual models that allow the operation of the science policy interface in adaptation governance, and welcome empirical analyses of science-policy interaction in adaptation governance.

Papers per session

22 March 15:30-17:15 session

23 March 09:00-10:45 session

23 March 11:00-12:45 session

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