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Methods for collaboratively identifying research priorities and emerging issues in science and policy

Sutherland, WJ and Fleishman, E and Mascia, MB and Pretty, J and Rudd, MA (2011) 'Methods for collaboratively identifying research priorities and emerging issues in science and policy.' Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 2 (3). 238 - 247. ISSN 2041-210X

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Abstract

1.There is a widely recognized gap between the data generated by researchers and the information required by policy makers. In an effort to bridge the gap between conservation policy and science, we have convened in several countries multiple groups of policy makers, practitioners and researchers to identify priority information needs that can be met by new research in the social and natural sciences. 2.The exercises we have coordinated included identification of priority policy-relevant research questions in specific geographies (UK, USA, Canada); questions relating to global conservation; questions relating to global agriculture; policy opportunities in the United Kingdom; and emerging global conservation issues or 'horizon scanning'. 3.We outline the exercises and describe our methods, which are based on principles of inclusivity, openness and democracy. Methods to maximize inclusiveness and rigour in such exercises include solicitation of questions and priorities from an extensive community, online collation of material, repeated voting and engagement with policy networks to foster uptake and application of the results. 4.These methods are transferable to a wide range of policy or research areas within and beyond the conservation sciences. © 2011 The Authors. Methods in Ecology and Evolution © 2011 British Ecological Society.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Biological Sciences, School of
Faculty of Science and Health > Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences, School of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2011 15:22
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2019 16:17
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/898

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