Boundary Organizations and Science, Policy and Decision making


Adam Parris provides an extremely insightful perspective on the need for “boundary organizations” in science policy conversations. Rhetoricians of science approach boundary work with the same type of pragmatism that Parris describes is necessary for facilitating conversations between scientists and decision makers.

If we want science that is relevant to society, we need these types of experts – those who can negotiate competing vocabularies, environments, and motivations for collaboration and build mutually beneficial relationships between scientists and decision makers.

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One response to “Boundary Organizations and Science, Policy and Decision making

  • Gabriole Van Bryce

    This was very interesting. The term ‘boundary organization’ was one I had not heard yet so I’m grateful to you, Karen, for sharing the news. The idea of boundary organizations makes sense on so many levels.

    I have some questions about their effectiveness in real life and am wondering if you have actual examples of how boundary organizations have led science and policy at the table? Seems like a great next step in helping climate scientists and policy makers work together to more effectively resolve climate/carbon knowledge differences. Again, thanks for the post!

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