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Knowledge systems for sustainable development

Abstract: 
The challenge of meeting human development needs while protecting the earth’s life support systems confronts scientists, technologists, policy makers, and communities from local to global levels. Many believe that science and technology (S&T) must play a more central role in sustainable development, yet little systematic scholarship exists on how to create institutions that effectively harness S&T for sustainability. This study suggests that efforts to mobilize S&T for sustainability are more likely to be effective when they manage boundaries between knowledge and action in ways that simultaneously enhance the salience, credibility, and legitimacy of the information they produce. Effective systems apply a variety of institutional mechanisms that facilitate communication, translation and mediation across boundaries.
Author: 
David W. Cash, William C. Clark, Frank Alcock, Nancy M. Dickson, Noelle Eckley, David H. Guston, Jill Ja¨ger, and Ronald B. Mitchell
Year: 
2017
Input By: 
Thulith Edirisinghe
Affiliation: 
MIT undergraduate
Industry Focus: 
Extraction & Processing
Energy
Information & Telecommunication
Food & Agriculture
Service Sector
Other Services
Datatype(s): 
Agreements
Case Studies
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