The Handbook of Environment and Society focuses on the interactions between people, societies and economies, and the state of nature and the environment. Editorially integrated but written from multi-disciplinary perspectives, The Handbook of Environment and Society is organised in seven sections: - Environmental thought: past and present - Valuing the environment - Knowledges and knowing - Political economy of environmental change - Environmental technologies - Redesigning natures - Institutions and policies for influencing the environment Key themes include: locations where the environment-society relation is most acute: where, for example, there are few natural resources or where industrialization is unregulated; the discussion of these issues at different scales: local, regional, national, and global; the cost of damage to resources; and the relation between principal actors in the environment-society nexus. Aimed at an international audience of academics, research students, researchers, practitioners and policy makers, The Handbook on Environment and Society presents readers in social science and natural science with a manual of the past, present and future of environment-society links.

The Role of Science and Scientists in Environmental Policy

The role of science and scientists in environmental policy


From waste disposal to energy policy, fisheries science and climate change, modern environmental problems pose increasingly complex challenges to the social, economic and political apparatus of modern societies. Scientific research is widely held to be an invaluable tool for policymakers seeking to address these intricate problems in the most productive and efficient manner. However, this seemingly straightforward functional relationship between science, on the one hand, and politics, on the other, belies the complex interdependencies that exist between the two. Scientists, and science in general, can have multiple, sometimes conflicting roles within the political arena, depending on factors such as the ideals of the individual scientist, the nature of ...

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