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Science into policy? Discourse, coastal management and knowledge

Nursey-Bray, Melissa J., Vince, Joanna, Scott, Michael, Haward, Marcus, O'Toole, Kevin, Smith, Tim, Harvey, Nick and Clarke, Beverley 2014, Science into policy? Discourse, coastal management and knowledge, Environmental science and policy, vol. 38, pp. 107-119, doi: 10.1016/j.envsci.2013.10.010.

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Title Science into policy? Discourse, coastal management and knowledge
Author(s) Nursey-Bray, Melissa J.
Vince, Joanna
Scott, Michael
Haward, Marcus
O'Toole, Kevin
Smith, Tim
Harvey, Nick
Clarke, Beverley
Journal name Environmental science and policy
Volume number 38
Start page 107
End page 119
Total pages 13
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2014
ISSN 1462-9011
1873-6416
Keyword(s) Coastal management
Community knowledge
Discourse
Indigenous
Knowledge
Science policy
Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Environmental Sciences
Environmental Sciences & Ecology
SOCIAL-ECOLOGICAL SYSTEMS
SEA-LEVEL RISE
CLIMATE-CHANGE
ADAPTIVE COMANAGEMENT
PUBLIC-PARTICIPATION
FISHERIES MANAGEMENT
RESOURCE-MANAGEMENT
NATURAL-RESOURCES
LOCAL KNOWLEDGE
SOUTH-AFRICA
Summary The world's coastal resources are under pressure, even more so under climate change with 90% of the world's population living near or along our coastal zone. Ecologically, this zone is also the most productive, and the mainstay of economic livelihoods on a global scale. Managing the coast effectively is crucial, but as an area it remains contested. Despite multiple efforts to manage the coast, it remains a contested space. This paper offers a reflection into the ways in which different discourses influence and impact on one specific dimension of coastal zone management-the transmission of science into the policy domain. Using historical and discourse analysis, we find that the science-policy interface is largely constructed within two knowledge discourses: (i) scientific knowledge and (ii) local knowledge. This arbitrary separation into a binary discursive landscape mitigates against science-policy integration in practice especially given each discourse in itself, encompasses multiple forms of knowledge. We argue that in order to better understand how to build scientific research outputs into policy, decision makers and researchers need to understand how knowledge works in practice, overcome this dichotomous construction of knowledge and specifically, re-construct or transition the notion of 'science as knowledge' into 'all knowledge types' into policy.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.envsci.2013.10.010
Field of Research 160507 Environment Policy
Socio Economic Objective 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2014, Elsevier
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30078840

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Humanities and Social Sciences
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