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Whom did you say need to be educated for the sake of community engagement?

Buizer, M. (2010) Whom did you say need to be educated for the sake of community engagement? In: Dieback Information Group Conference ('10), 16 July, Perth, Western Australia.


This presentation will first illustrate how 'community engagement' and particularly education often figure in the science and policy domains relating to issues of environmental degradation.

It will then ask what this generally means for how 'community engagement' has been implemented and what kind of society this creates. By means of short introductions to case studies in the Netherlands and Australia, I will present an alternative way of looking at community engagement and education, a way in which we need to critically reflect on our own practices as natural and social scientists.

The alternative view focuses on the role of knowledge in the science-policy-society interface. When knowledge is viewed as a process in which social values and scientific knowledge "co-produce" each other, a "transdisciplinary science" may become possible that addresses issues of environmental degradation such as dieback in more inclusionary and thus perhaps more effective ways.

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