Expert Knowledge

Public policy is often imagined to be the outcome of a technical, expert-informed, process. Empirical evidence shows interests, power and social relations are often as or more important than expert knowledge. The boundaries between science and policy, it turns out, are constantly being re-negotiated.

Moving towards more inclusive or evidence-based processes are both touted as solutions. Two challenges arise. First, determining whose advice and knowledge is relevant. Second, expert knowledge may be valued, but it is not value-free. At USER we are interested in understanding how scientific and other forms of knowledge interact in the pursuit of sustainability.

Selected Publications

  • Crafting Usable Knowledge for Sustainable Development (Abstract)
  • Assessments of Ecosystem Services and Human Well-Being in Thailand Build and Create Demand for Coproductive Capacity (Abstract)
  • Coproductive Capacities: Rethinking Science-Governance Relations in a Diverse World (Abstract)
  • Local Knowledge and Adaptation to Climate Change in Natural Resource-Based Societies of the Asia-Pacific (Abstract)
  • Scenarios as boundary objects in the allocation of water resources and services in the Mekong Region.(Chapter)
  • Linking Knowledge and Action for Sustainable Development (Abstract)