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Record number 437771
Title New roles of science in society: Different repertoires of knowledge brokering
Author(s) Turnhout, E.; Stuiver, M.; Klostermann, J.E.M.; Harms, B.; Leeuwis, C.
Source Science and Public Policy 40 (2013)3. - ISSN 0302-3427 - p. 354 - 365.
Department(s) Forest and Nature Conservation Policy
Alterra - Governance
Alterra - Climate change and adaptive land and water management
Alterra - Business Support Unit
Knowledge Technology and Innovation
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2013
Keyword(s) post-normal science - boundary-work - policy - participation - organizations - stakeholders - technology - governance - innovation - framework
Abstract It has been suggested that in order to address current complex problems, scientists have to take on new roles that link the production and use of knowledge. However, what exactly these new roles mean is often not clearly identified. This paper contributes to this by discussing relevant literature related to different roles of science in society and by presenting the results of a study on the perspectives and activities of knowledge brokering. We identify three knowledge brokering repertoires: supplying, bridging and facilitating, which differ with respect to whether they maintain clear boundaries between knowledge production and use or set out to blur them. Based on our findings, we conclude that new roles of science not only afford, but may even strengthen traditional disciplinary scientific ideals. Thus, it is crucial to look beyond the intentions and ideals of new roles of science to how they are taken up in practice.
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