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Knowledge Brokerage for Sustainable Development
Innovative Tools for Increasing Research Impact and Evidence-Based Policy-Making

ISBN 9781783532544
Published December 14, 2016 by Routledge
344 Pages

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Book Description

The menace of a post-truth era challenges conventional policy-making and science. Instead of fighting an uphill battle against populist solutions, those involved in both policy-making and science have to find innovative ways to collaborate, and make use of the vast amounts of knowledge that are already available. Knowledge brokerage, in this context, is more than a simple question-and-answer game: it is a process of co-creating and re-framing knowledge. In addition, Knowledge Brokerage for Sustainable Development has to deal with trade-offs and ambiguities, as well as world-views, cultures and the preferences of stakeholder groups.

This book is the first in-depth exploration of how knowledge brokerage has the potential to help manage the challenges of sustainable development across political and scientific systems. It presents a selection of innovative and practical tools to enhance the connectivity of research and policy-making on sustainable development issues. In doing so, this book will be an essential publication in research and policy-making. It supports networking among the developers and users of knowledge brokerage systems and will make their experience better known to the different communities involved.The book presents interviews with leading policymakers and researchers such as former EU Commissioner Franz Fischler, Robert-Jan Smits (Director-General of Research and Innovation at the EC), Uwe Schneidewind (President of the Wuppertal Institute), and Leida Rijnhout (European Environmental Bureau). It also provides insights into eleven EU funded projects dealing with different approaches of Knowledge Brokerage for Sustainable Development. 

Table of Contents

ForewordCarlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, European Commission PrefaceEdeltraud Hanappi-Egger, Rector of Vienna University of Economics and BusinessIntroductionPart A: Challenges and worldviews1. A new narrative for Europe Franz Fischler2. Communicating limits to growth Jørgen Randers3. Agenda setting in European policy Robert-Jan Smits      4. Policy learning in EU Member States Elisabeth Freytag and Wolfram Tertschnig5. The need for more transdisciplinary research Uwe Schneidewind6. Providing scientific advice in critical situations Lucia Reisch    7. Why evidence is often not enough to influence policy Hadelin de Beer de Laer    8. Understanding the context of policy making Klaus Jacob9. The role(s) of NGOs in linking science and policy making Leida Rijnhout10. The relationship between science and policy in the United States Maurie Cohen11. The role(s) of professional facilitators Peter Woodward   Part B: Projects and experiences1. SPIRAL: Improving science–policy interfaces for biodiversity2. PRIMUS: Bridging the gap between research and policy-making on local sustainability    3. BESSE: Knowledge brokerage and innovation for a sustainable sanitation 4. PACHELBEL/STAVE: Shining a light on citizens’ everyday environment-related behaviours      5. AWARE: Bridging the knowledge  of citizens, scientists and policy-makers for sustainable water ecosystems management       6. WATERDISS: Analysis and uptake of water research results          7. BRAINPOOL: Knowledge brokerage for bringing alternative indicators into policy8. RESPONDER: Linking sustainable consumption and growth debates following a systems thinking approach       9. CORPUS: Linking research and policy for evidence-based policy-making on sustainable consumption10. PSI-CONNECT: Knowledge exchange in river basin management 11. FOODLINKS: Building communities of practice for learning on sustainable food consumption and production      Knowledge brokerage for sustainable development: Experiences, recommendations and research outlookAndré Martinuzzi.

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ANDRE MARTINUZZI is Head of the Institute for Managing Sustainability, Associate Professor at Vienna University of Economics and Business. MICHAL SEDLACKO is Research and Teaching Fellow at the University of Applied Science FH Campus Wien.