Environmental researchers in many sectors and fields have made great strides over the last decade in understanding the importance of more effectively connecting science and governance for environmental outcomes.
These relationships sit at the heart of the concept of Adaptive Governance. In this program we seek to understand, articulate, explore and examine those dimensions of governance and science that support or constrain the practice of adaptive environmental governance.
Drawing on the Science and Technology Studies concept of co-production, we regard adaptive environmental governance—social and political arrangements that draw on science to systematically learn from ongoing interventions for improved environmental and social outcomes—we are particularly concerned with the capacities that constrain or enable more productive relationships between science and governance for environmental outcomes, and the institutions that impact positively or negatively on those capacities. These capacities may be human, technological, financial or organisational.
The program seeks to contribute to practice of adaptive governance for environmental change by inquiring into: