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Bergen: Integrated science for sustainable development: the role of social science

June 26, 2012 - 09:30

Date: 26 June
Time: 09:30 – 11:00
Bergen Resource Centre for International Development

<strong>John Crowley</strong><br />
Team leader, Ethics of Science and Technology Section, UNESCO, and editor of the International Social Science Journal.



It is widely recognized that science and policy challenges relating to the environment require an integrated approach. However, a rather traditional division of labour still tends to prevail between the natural and social sciences. The natural sciences study systems and describe how they might evolve, whereas the social sciences are expected to provide a basis for action to do what science requires. This division of labour has failed in practice, most spectacularly with respect to climate change, and is indefensible in theory.



Crowley will re-examine the nature of the systems that are of concern to integrated science - emphasizing the key role of humans within them - and the challenges that the world faces, which are not always best understood in terms of failure to act on unquestionable knowledge. Crowley argues that social science has a crucial role to play within integrated science - and in doing so will face signficant challenges in terms of theories, concepts and methods.
Bergen: Integrated science for sustainable development: the role of social science

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Date:
June 26, 2012
Time:
09:30