Can Research on the Diffusion of Innovations Offer Insights about Enablers and Barriers to Information Use?

The body of literature focused on the enablers and barriers to research use is extensive and insightful. Nutley, Walter, and Davies rightfully categorize the literature as providing “a rich source of theories and evidence that can be mined to inform strategies for promoting research use” (2007, p. 192). Numerous mechanisms such as dissemination, interaction, and […]

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Communication of Research Information: Information Pathways and Models

While many policy makers and practitioners heavily rely on information from the scientific community for their decision making, research about activities at the science-policy interface shows that information use is often not straightforward. Despite the large amounts of scientific information available to policy-makers and practitioners, there are still calls for more “useful” information to be […]

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The Science-Policy Ecosystem: Managing Variabilities, Complexities, and Trade-offs

It is often believed that scientific information and knowledge travels through a linear pipeline that leads straight from researchers to policy makers to use in decision-making and planning. It isn’t so simple–values, political considerations, and available resources are all part of the policy-making process. Peter Gluckman, the Chief Science Advisor to the New Zealand Prime […]

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Learning from the Mississippi Delta: Richard Campanella on the Sunken City of New Orleans at the 2018 Social Coast Forum

From 5-8 February 2018, I was given the opportunity to attend and present a report on my research at the 2018 Social Coast Forum in Charleston, South Carolina. Organized by the United States National Estuarine Reserve Research Association, the Social Coast Forum draws coastal scientists and managers from across the U.S. and other countries every […]

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Science, Information, and Policy Interface for Effective Coastal and Ocean Management Now Available in Paperback

Science, Information, and Policy Interface for Effective Coastal and Ocean Management is now available in paperback. Published by CRC Press (Taylor & Francis), this book is the first to focus exclusively on the role of scientific information in the development of coastal and ocean policy and management of the oceans. “Researchers looking for inspiration will […]

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EIUI Team Member Cited in Scientific American

In the February 2018 issue of Scientific American, Olive Heffernan critically examines the growth of large marine reserves across the world, the influence of biodiversity targets on this conservation process, and the importance of science in marine planning. Among the scientists profiled in this article is EIUI team member, Elizabeth De Santo, drawing on her research […]

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“Holding our feet to the fire”: How eNGOs use information and relationships to advance marine conservation

Today, thousands of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), large and small, are found in decision making settings globally. Why are they active in these contexts? Do they fulfill particular roles? Do they affect how information is shaped and used by decision makers? Do they succeed in influencing policy development? Although NGOs have existed for many years, to […]

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EIUI at the 9th Canadian Science Policy Conference

Suzuette Soomai, Postdoctoral Fellow with the Environmental Information: Use and Influence research program, attended the 9th Canadian Science Policy Conference (CSPC) in Ottawa, 1-3 November 2017. Suzuette participated in a panel, “Science for Decision-Making at Fisheries and Oceans Canada: The Past, Present, and Future,” organized by the Canada Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO). The […]

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EIUI Team Member Speaks at Calgary Conference on Environmental Contamination and Response

Ian Stewart presented a paper at the 40th AMOP Technical Seminar on Environmental Contamination and Response (AMOP), hosted by Environment Canada and Climate Change, 3-5 October 2017, in Calgary. The seminar focused largely on the fate, behaviour, effects and response options to oil spills in marine environments, particularly regarding ice conditions. Over 90 papers, given […]

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EIUI Team Member Speaks at the 9th Canadian Science Policy Conference, Ottawa

Suzuette Soomai, Postdoctoral Fellow with the EIUI research program, will participate in a panel organized by the Canada Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) at the 2017 Canadian Science Policy Conference (CSPC), 1-3 November 2017, in Ottawa. The panel, “Science for Decision-Making at Fisheries and Oceans Canada: The Past, Present, and Future,” will discuss the […]

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