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The Earthscan Science in Society Series


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The Earthscan Science in Society Series aims to publish new high quality research, teaching, practical and policy- related books on topics that address the complex and vitally important interface between science and society.

To submit proposals, please contact the Editor, Rebecca Brennan ([email protected]).

Series Editor: Professor Steve Rayner, University of Oxford

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Institutional Capacity for Climate Change Response: A New Approach to Climate Politics

Institutional Capacity for Climate Change Response: A New Approach to Climate Politics

1st Edition

Theresa Birgitta Brønnum Scavenius, Steve Rayner
July 17, 2019

In a period of rapid climate change and climate governance failures, it is crucial to understand and address how effectively different political institutions can and should react to climate change. The term 'institutional response capacity' can be defined as a measurement for how effective...

Policy Legitimacy, Science and Political Authority: Knowledge and action in liberal democracies

Policy Legitimacy, Science and Political Authority: Knowledge and action in liberal democracies

1st Edition

Michael Heazle, John Kane
April 16, 2019

Voters expect their elected representatives to pursue good policy and presume this will be securely founded on the best available knowledge. Yet when representatives emphasize their reliance on expert knowledge, they seem to defer to people whose authority derives, not politically from the...

Systems Thinking for Geoengineering Policy: How to reduce the threat of dangerous climate change by embracing uncertainty and failure

Systems Thinking for Geoengineering Policy: How to reduce the threat of dangerous climate change by embracing uncertainty and failure

1st Edition

Robert Chris
March 21, 2019

Even by the scientists most closely associated with it, geoengineering – the deliberate intervention in the climate at global scale to mitigate the effects of climate change – is perceived to be risky. For all its potential benefits, there are robust differences of opinion over the wisdom of such...

Climate Adaptation Policy and Evidence: Understanding the Tensions between Politics and Expertise in Public Policy

Climate Adaptation Policy and Evidence: Understanding the Tensions between Politics and Expertise in Public Policy

1st Edition

Peter Tangney
January 17, 2019

Evidence-based policymaking is often promoted within liberal democracies as the best means for government to balance political values with technical considerations. Under the evidence-based mandate, both experts and non-experts often assume that policy problems are sufficiently tractable and that...

Geoengineering our Climate?: Ethics, Politics, and Governance

Geoengineering our Climate?: Ethics, Politics, and Governance

1st Edition

Jason J. Blackstock, Sean Low
September 07, 2018

If the detrimental impacts of human-induced climate change continue to mount, technologies for geoengineering our climate – i.e. deliberate modifying of the Earth's climate system at a large scale – are likely to receive ever greater attention from countries and societies worldwide....

Cities and the Knowledge Economy: Promise, Politics and Possibilities

Cities and the Knowledge Economy: Promise, Politics and Possibilities

1st Edition

Tim May, Beth Perry
November 09, 2017

Cities and the Knowledge Economy is an in-depth, interdisciplinary, international and comparative examination of the relationship between knowledge and urban development in the contemporary era. Through the lenses of promise, politics and possibility, it examines how the knowledge economy has...

International Science and Technology Education: Exploring Culture, Economy and Social Perceptions

International Science and Technology Education: Exploring Culture, Economy and Social Perceptions

1st Edition

Ortwin Renn, Nicole C. Karafyllis, Andreas Hohlt, Dorothea Taube
June 30, 2017

Education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) is crucial for taking advantage of the prospects of new scientific discoveries initiating or promoting technological changes, and managing opportunities and risks associated with innovations. This book explores the emerging...

Aid, Technology and Development: The Lessons from Nepal

Aid, Technology and Development: The Lessons from Nepal

1st Edition

Dipak Gyawali, Michael Thompson, Marco Verweij
November 30, 2016

Over the last 50 years, Nepal has been considered an experiential model in determining the effectiveness and success of global human development strategies, both in theory and in practice. As such, it provides a rich array of in-depth case studies in both development success and failure. This...

Rethinking Greenland and the Arctic in the Era of Climate Change: New Northern Horizons

Rethinking Greenland and the Arctic in the Era of Climate Change: New Northern Horizons

1st Edition

Frank Sejersen
November 30, 2016

This ground-breaking book investigates how Arctic indigenous communities deal with the challenges of climate change and how they strive to develop self-determination. Adopting an anthropological focus on Greenland’s vision to boost extractive industries and transform society, the book examines how...

Democratizing Technology: Risk, Responsibility and the Regulation of Chemicals

Democratizing Technology: Risk, Responsibility and the Regulation of Chemicals

1st Edition

Anne Chapman
November 25, 2016

Democratizing Technology provides a much-needed fresh perspective on the regulation of chemicals, and an important contribution to green thinking about technology.Caroline Lucas, Green Party MEP. This book is an excellent critique of the current risk-based approach to technology. By exploring the...

Joint Fact-Finding in Urban Planning and Environmental Disputes

Joint Fact-Finding in Urban Planning and Environmental Disputes

1st Edition

Masahiro Matsuura, Todd Schenk
September 26, 2016

The days of rationalist scientific management and deference to official data are behind us. The credibility of experts and the information they provide are regularly challenged; officials are routinely provided with conflicting sets of facts as they plan and make decisions; and decision makers and...

Assessing the Societal Implications of Emerging Technologies: Anticipatory governance in practice

Assessing the Societal Implications of Emerging Technologies: Anticipatory governance in practice

1st Edition

Evan S. Michelson
May 19, 2016

A growing problem of interest in the field of science and technology policy is that the next generation of innovations is arriving at an accelerating rate, and the governance system is struggling to catch up. Current approaches and institutions for effective technology assessment are ill suited and...

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