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Spring 2011 Reading Group: Methods and Processes for Integrating Science Into Decision Making
Over the last decade a flood of literature has emerged on how research makes its way from the labs and classrooms of universities into actual policy domains. To help keep up with this literature and to help place it in the context of what we are doing at the University of Arizona, we will host a small reading group that will meet periodically through the spring 2011 semester. The basic idea is to meet every couple of weeks and discuss a few papers. We have scoped out a few meetings worth of articles, but we’d like to leave open the possibility of shifting readings to allow for the group discussions to guide the process as we proceed through the semester.
One of the main goals of this reading group is to foster a small group of researchers at UA who are in touch with and engaged in the growing body of literature about the integration of science into decision making. Because this research comes from multiple perspectives and reflects numerous schools of thought it can be an especially thorny literature to digest. We hope by gathering a small group of interdisciplinary researchers with somewhat diverse interests we can leverage each others knowledge (and motivation) to collectively improve our understanding.
Below is the tentative schedule. All meetings will be held in the Marshall Building, room 531 and start at 9:00am. We're anticipating the sessions lasting approximately 1.5 hours, depending on the discussions and interest.
February 18: Basic Principles
Finucane, Melissa. 2009. Why Science Alone Won't Solve the Climate Crisis: Managing Climate Risks in the Pacific. AsiaPacific Issues.
McNie, Elizabeth C. 2007. Reconciling the supply of scientific information with user demands: An analysis of the problem and review of the literature. Environmental Science & Policy 10 (1):17-38.
National Research Council. 2009. Decision Support and Learning. Chp. 3 in Informing Decisions in a Changing Climate. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.
March 11: Review of a few approaches Part I
Jacobs, Katharine, et al. 2010. Linking knowledge with action in the pursuit of sustainable water-resources management. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 10.1073/pnas.0813125107
Kloprogge, Penny, and Jeroen Sluijs. 2006. The Inclusion of Stakeholder Knowledge and Perspectives in Integrated Assessment of Climate Change. Climatic Change 75 (3):359-389. 10.1007/s10584-006-0362-2
Lynch, A. H., et al. 2008. Working at the boundary - Facilitating interdisciplinarity in climate change adaptation research. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 89 (2):169-179. 10.1175/bams-89-2-169
March 25: Review of a few approaches Part II
Feldman, D. and H. Ingram, 2010. Multiple Ways of Knowing about Water Resources: Enhancing the Status of Water Ethics. Santa Clara J. of Int'l Law 2(1), pp. 1-20.
Salter, Jonathan, et al. 2010. Participatory methods of integrated assessment—a review. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change 1 (5):697-717. 10.1002/wcc.73
April 1: Evaluation of Science/Policy/Management Interface work
Brunner, R. D. 2010. Climate Adaptation and the Drunkard's Search. Paper based on keynote address at the 29th Annual Institute of the Society of Policy Scientists. Yale Law School, New Haven, CT.
Walter, Alexander I., et al. 2007. Measuring societal effects of transdisciplinary research projects: Design and application of an evaluation method. Evaluation and Program Planning 30 (4):325-338.
April 15: Social Learning and Participatory Modeling
Langsdale, S., A. Beall, J. Carmichael, C. Forster, S. Cohen, and T. Neale. 2006. Shared Learning Through Group Model Building. In Participatory Integrated Assessment of Water Management and Climate Change in the Okanagan Basin, British Columbia, edited by S. Cohen and T. Neale. Vancouver: Environment Canada and University of British Columbia. pp.49-64.
Mendoza, Guillermo A., and Ravi Prabhu. 2005. Combining participatory modeling and multi-criteria analysis for community-based forest management. Forest Ecology and Management 207 (1-2):145-156.
Pahl-Wostl, Claudia, et al. 2008. The importance of social learning and culture for sustainable water management. Ecological Economics 64 (3):484-495.
Reed, M. S., A. C. Evely, G. Cundill, I. Fazey, J. Glass, A. Laing, J. Newig, B. Parrish, C. Prell, C. Raymond and L. C. Stringer 2010. What is social learning?. Ecology and Society XX(YY): rZZ. [online] URL: http://www.ecologyandsociety.org/volXX/issYY/artZZ/
April 29: More Social Learning and Knowledge Networks
Keuls, C. 2008. Knowledge network development in water resources and irrigation management: The case of CKNet-INA in Indonesia. Irrigation and Drainage 57 (3):341-353. 10.1002/ird.428
Pelling, M., et al. 2008. Shadow spaces for social learning: a relational understanding of adaptive capacity to climate change within organisations. Environment and Planning A 40 (4):867-884.
Peters, L. D., et al. 2010. Collaboration and collective learning: networks as learning organisations. Journal of Business & Industrial Marketing 25 (6):478-484. 10.1108/08858621011066062