Enhancing Science Impact

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Provides principles and frameworks for integrating science into policy and governance.

Sustainability challenges blur the boundaries between academic disciplines, between research, policy and practice, and between states, markets and society. What do exemplary scientists and organisations 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? + Full description

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 useful ways of thinking about a diverse range of problems and then offers five approaches to help embed science in sustainability governance. It will be an indispensable guide for researcher leaders, science program managers and science policy advisers interested in ensuring that applied research can meaningfully contribute to sustainability outcomes.

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For an overview of the book, read Daniel Sarewitz's foreword here: (PDF 58.2KB).


Paperback | September 2017 | $ 59.95
ISBN: 9781486305353 | 216 pages | 234 x 153 mm
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing

ePDF | September 2017
ISBN: 9781486305377
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
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ePUB | September 2017
ISBN: 9781486305360
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  • A highly readable and easily applicable guide for scientists, research managers and science policy advisers on how to create more effective outcomes from sustainability research
  • Provides a conceptual model for improving the design and implementation of outcome-based science programs
  • Break out boxes provide supplementary information, examples and simple method outlines
  • Foreword by Daniel Sarewitz, Co-Director of the Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes and Professor of Science and Society, School for the Future of Innovation in Society, Arizona State University


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


Peat Leith is a Senior Research Fellow at the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture, University of Tasmania. His research focuses on social and institutional aspects of agriculture and coastal zone management, ranging from action research in climate change adaptation to scholarly research in science and technology studies.

Kevin O'Toole is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Deakin University. His research focuses on comparative studies of policies and their application to sustainability and participatory governance in rural areas.

Marcus Haward is a political scientist specialising in oceans and Antarctic governance, coastal management and marine resources management. He is currently a Professor at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania.

Brian Coffey is a lecturer in sustainability and urban planning at RMIT. His research focuses on the policy dimensions of sustainability, environmental governance and science-policy-practice relations. Prior to completing his PhD, Brian worked in a variety of public sector environmental policy and planning roles.