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
- Governance of learning processes in transdisciplinary climate adaptation research projects. W. Boon, E. Horlings, T. Wardenaar, Rathenau Instituut, Netherlands - Presentation
- Learning to adapt to climate change: integrating adaptive governance and participatory multi-criteria methods. S. Munaretto, G. Siciliano, M. E. Turvani, University IUAV of Venice, Italy – Presentation
- What is the Value of “Twisting the Lion’s Tail”? Evaluating the use of Policy Experiments in Adaptation Governance and how they can facilitate Policy Learning. B. McFadgen, Institute for Environmental Studies – VU Amsterdam, Netherlands – Presentation
23 March 09:00-10:45 session
- The construction of manageability in climate change adaptation: An explorative study in flood risk management. C. Kuhlicke, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Germany
- The balancing act, using climate science to inform adaptation desicions: a case study on the UK Climate Projections 2009. S. Dessai, S. Tang, University of Leeds, UK
- Regional adaptive capacity in Europe: A framework for assessing adaptive capacity. S. Kruse, S. Juhola, Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow, and Landscape Research, Switzerland
23 March 11:00-12:45 session
- Joint knowledge production for global change adaptation and sustainability: lessons from six Dutch adaption projects. D. Hegger, A. van Zeijl-Rozemab, C. Dieperink, Utrecht University, Netherlands
- Reconciling innovative knowledge partnerships into existing institutions: the case of the Dutch Knowledge for Climate program. P. Huntjens, C.J.A.M. Termeer, A. Dewulf, A. van Buuren, J. Eshuis, Wageningen University, Netherlands
- Barriers and guidelines in adaptation policy making: Taking stock, analysing congruence and providing guidance. C. Clar, A. Prutsch, R. Steurer, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna, Austria
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