Does science funding affect sustainability in policy and practice?

Effective policy- and decision-making for sustainability depends on sound science that is well connected to governance institutions and organisations.

Yet conventional science funding often favours research that is published in academic journals, with little regard to whether it actually reaches decision-makers and is suitable for their purposes.

This honours project would use a look at alternative funding mechanisms in a sustainability-related area and assess how they seek to balance the need for academic legitimacy and rigour with practical relevance and applicability. Qualitative and/or quantitative research methods may be suitable. Field work and document analysis would be involved. 

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