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This wide-ranging and accessible contribution to the study of risk, ecology and environment helps us to understand the politics of ecology and the place of social theory in making sense of environmental issues. The book provides insights into the complex dynamics of change in `risk societies'.

Environmental Knowledge and Public Policy Needs: On Humanising the Research Agenda
Environmental knowledge and public policy needs: On humanising the research agenda

What sorts of new knowledge does the world need these days? How can the research community, particularly in the social sciences and humanities, contribute best, in the bewildering circumstances in which societies like ours now find themselves?

Behind such questions lies a more specific, and still more contentious issue: are the presently dominant forms of academic research in countries like Britain able to generate insights of the kind society now needs in order to help address environmental problems and enhance social equity, in a period of immense turbulence in many parts of an ever more industrialised world? This chapter argues that new approaches to research ...

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