Navigation Links
Environmental issues examined through cohesive efforts
Date:2/18/2014

CHICAGO Solving crucial environmental issues such as global warming and water supply involves managing competing interests, uncertainty and risk, and this is best done through meaningful collaboration in a neutral environment.

Arizona State University Barrett Honors College Lecturer John N. Parker discussed the ways in which scientists, stakeholders and policy makers can communicate effectively by coming together through boundary organizations at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Chicago.

Boundary organizations are designed to facilitate collaboration and information-flow between the research and public policy communities by defining roles and working in mutually cohesive environments to cross hurdles in to order to address natural resource challenges.

Parker's talk, "On Being All Things to All People: Boundary Organizations and Scientists," was part of the AAAS "Decision-Making in the Public Domain: Boundary Processes as Catalysts for Innovation" symposium held on Feb. 17. The session featured researchers and non-academic representatives who work with scientists, policy makers and the public to devise environmental solutions.

Parker discussed how addressing pressing problems such as water availability, emerging energy technologies like fracking, and species decline and extinction requires integrating knowledge and perspectives from varied communities who come together and work for a positive solution through ad hoc working groups and boundary organizations that offer incentives and accountability in a politically neutral arena.

"The scale of the issues are critical at this time in history since the future of humans depends on the ability to manage complex problems that cross scales and involve many different groups who at times cooperate and at other times are in conflict with one another," Parker said.

Boundary processes link science to public policy and better inform environmental decisions through science. This process can be difficult when stakeholders and policy makers work under different reward systems, such as scientists striving for grants and conducting research that make take months compared to a policymaker or stakeholder who may need information immediately to answer to the public and constituents.

Democratic processes that involve scientists, policy makers, the public and ecosystem and resource system managers who come together in productive ways lead to the application of collective knowledge to address problems, he added.

Parker's research in this area was detailed in the article, "On being all things to all people: Boundary Organizations and the Contemporary Research University" that was published in the March 2012 edition of the Social Studies of Science journal with Beatrice Crona of the Stockholm Resilience Centre.


'/>"/>

Contact: Julie Newberg
Julie.Newberg@asu.edu
480-727-3116
Arizona State University
Source:Eurekalert

Related biology news :

1. Effects of environmental toxicants reach down through generations
2. Reproductive health providers should discuss environmental exposure risks with patients
3. Environmental factors in Tiny Tims near fatal illness
4. Increasing water scarcity in Californias Bay-Delta will necessitate trade-offs; hard decisions needed to balance various environmental risks
5. Stomata development in plants unraveled -- a valuable discovery for environmental research
6. Long-term research reveals causes and consequences of environmental change
7. New museum-university partnership ushers in new era of environmental science education
8. Tiny plants could cut costs, shrink environmental footprint
9. Wells Fargo fosters environmental conservation through University of Miamis RJD program
10. Environmental benefit of biofuels is overestimated, new study reveals
11. Reed Elsevier Environmental Challenge shortlists 2012 projects
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:1/11/2017)... , Jan. 11, 2017 Intoxalock, a leading ... the release of its patent-pending calibration device. With this ... perform calibrations, securely upload data logs and process repairs ... customer. "Fighting drunk driving through the application ... public at large, but also for the customer who ...
(Date:1/6/2017)... NEWARK, Calif. , Jan. 5, 2017  Delta ... introduced its iris scanning technology for automotive at CES® ... GNTX ) to demonstrate the use of ... to identify and authenticate the driver in a car, ... automobiles during the driving experience. Delta ID ...
(Date:12/22/2016)... Dec. 20, 2016  As part of its longstanding mission ... personal genetics company, recently released its latest children,s book, titled ... book focuses on the topics of inheritance and variation of ... (NGSS) taught in elementary school classrooms in the US. ... by illustrator Ariana Killoran , whose previous book with ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:1/18/2017)... -- Market Research Future published a half-cooked research report on Global Cancer ... a CAGR of 12% during the period 2016 to 2022. ... ... division without any control. These abnormal cells have the ability to ... can spread to other parts of the body through the blood ...
(Date:1/17/2017)... ... January 17, 2017 , ... MS ... The new Balance™ GT Soybean Performance System will combine industry-leading genetics with a ... ingredient in the new Balance® Bean herbicide. The Balance™ GT Soybean Performance System ...
(Date:1/17/2017)... SAN DIEGO , Jan. 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ ... Diego School of Medicine and St. Boniface Hospital ... treatments for peripheral neuropathy, an unmet health need ... in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, their results ... properties that prevent and reverse neuronal injury in ...
(Date:1/17/2017)...  Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc. (NYSE and SIX: ZBH) ... and earnings conference call will be broadcast live over ... a.m. Eastern Time.  A news release detailing the quarterly ... a.m. Eastern Time the morning of the conference call. ... via Zimmer Biomet,s Investor Relations website at http://investor.zimmerbiomet.com ...
Breaking Biology Technology: