Managing science-policy interfaces for impact: Interactions within the environmental governance meshwork

Simo Sarkki, Estelle Balian, Ulrich Heink, Hans Keune, Carsten Nesshöver, Jari Niemelä, Rob Tinch, Sybille Van Den Hove, Allan Watt, Kerry A. Waylen, Juliette C. Young

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Abstract

Science-policy interface organizations and initiatives (SPIORG) are a key component of environmental governance designed to make links between science and society. However, the science­policy interface literature lacks a structured approach to explaining the impacts of context on and by these initiatives. To better understand these impacts on and interactions with governance, this paper uses the concept of the governance ‘meshwork’ to explore how dynamic processes – encompassing prior, current and anticipated interactions – co­produce knowledge and impact via processes, negotiation and networking activities at multiple governance levels. To illustrate the interactions between SPIORGs and governance meshwork we use five cases representing archetypal SPIORGs. These cases demonstrate how all initiatives and organizations link to their contexts in complex and unique ways, yet also identifies ten important aspects that connect the governance meshwork to SPIORGs. These aspects of the meshwork, together with the typology of organizations, provide a comprehensive framework that can help make sense how the SPIORGs are embedded in the surrounding governance contexts. We highlight that SPIORGs must purposively consider and engage with their contexts to increase their potential impact on knowledge co-­production and policy making.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEnvironmental Science & Policy
ISSN1462-9011
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 23 May 2019
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fields of Science

  • Environmental governance
  • Meshwork
  • Science­policy interfaces
  • Pathways to impact
  • Co­production
  • 1172 Environmental sciences

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Sarkki, Simo ; Balian, Estelle ; Heink, Ulrich ; Keune, Hans ; Nesshöver, Carsten ; Niemelä, Jari ; Tinch, Rob ; Van Den Hove, Sybille ; Watt, Allan ; Waylen, Kerry A. ; Young, Juliette C. / Managing science-policy interfaces for impact: Interactions within the environmental governance meshwork. In: Environmental Science & Policy. 2019.
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Managing science-policy interfaces for impact: Interactions within the environmental governance meshwork. / Sarkki, Simo; Balian, Estelle; Heink, Ulrich; Keune, Hans; Nesshöver, Carsten; Niemelä, Jari; Tinch, Rob; Van Den Hove, Sybille; Watt, Allan; Waylen, Kerry A.; Young, Juliette C.

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