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Making the Connection between Science and Decision Making: A Graduate Seminar | CLIMAS

Making the Connection between Science and Decision Making: A Graduate Seminar

Making the Connection between Science and Decision Making: A Graduate Seminar

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Scientific knowledge can be critical for dealing with complex, socially relevant environmental issues. Much science is ultimately not used to inform decision making surrounding these issues, however, because there is often a mismatch between the types and format of information available and what is useful for these potential consumers. Related to this confounding incongruity is a frequent fundamental lack of two-way communication between scientists and decision makers. This seminar, aimed at graduate students from any relevant discipline, explores concepts at the intersection between environmental science and decision making, including scientific information supply and demand, boundary organizations, co-production of knowledge, and knowledge networks, as well as recognition of the political context for decision making. It also includes practical aspects of two-way communication to explore the ways in which exchanges take place between scientists and decision makers, who can include resource management professionals, planners, policy makers, NGOs, and the general public.

More information about the seminar is located here: http://cwoodhouse.faculty.arizona.edu/content/teaching