Enhancing Science Impact
Bridging Research, Policy and Practice for Sustainability

Foreword by David Sarewitz
Paper: 978 1 4863 0535 3 / $44.95
Published: December 2017  

Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
216 pp., 6" x 9 1/5"
Sustainability challenges blur the boundaries between academic disciplines, between research, policy, and practice, and between states, markets, and society. What do exemplary scientists and organizations do to bridge the gaps between these groups and help their research to make the greatest impact? How do they do it? And how can their best practices be adapted for a diverse range of specific sustainability challenges?

Enhancing Science Impact: Bridging Research, Policy and Practice for Sustainability addresses these questions in an accessible and engaging way. It provides principles explaining how research programs can work more effectively across the boundaries between science, society, and decision-making by building social and institutional networks. The book suggests ways of defining and thinking about problems and then offers five frameworks for embedding science within specific governance contexts. It will be an indispensable guide for researcher leaders, science program managers, and science policy advisers interested in ensuring applied research can meaningfully contribute to sustainability outcomes.

Table of Contents:
1: Understanding the contribution of sciences to sustainability
2: Issues, stakes and the framing of problems: creating an operating environment
3: The structuring of problems: problem typologies
4: The structuring of problems: exemplars and actions
5: Boundary work: defining the elements
6: Boundary work: elements as interventions