Knowledge Brokerage for Sustainable Development
Innovative Tools for Increasing Research Impact and Evidence-Based Policy Making

Paper: 978 1 78353 254 4 / $65.00
Published: December 2016  

Cloth: 978 1 78353 253 7 / $160.00
Published: December 2016  

Publisher: Greenleaf
380 pp., 6 1/8" x 9 1/5"
Scientists and policy makers follow different rationalities and sustainable development raises significant challenges for both science and the political system. For science it represents a complex set of interrelated questions, transcending traditional disciplinary boundaries and requiring transdisciplinary approaches and methodologies to provide systemic insights to deal with high levels of complexity. For the political system, sustainable development represents a highly complex set of interrelated policy issues transcending traditional sectoral policy boundaries. Sustainable development therefore presents significant challenges to the political system, with new structures and processes for policy integration, and stakeholder participation with knowledge in high demand. Knowledge brokerage has the potential to help manage these challenges simultaneously in both social systems.

Knowledge Brokerage for Sustainable Development presents a selection of innovative tools to enhance the connectivity of research and policy making on sustainable development issues. It summarizes the experiences of twelve EU funded projects and provides the first systematic analysis of knowledge brokerage experiences for sustainable development. It supports networking among the developers and users of knowledge brokerage systems with the aim of making their experience better known to the different communities involved.

Table of Contents:


Introduction: An overview of approaches of knowledge brokerage

Part A - Challenges of linking research and policy making

In this part, 8-10 leading experts will present their view on knowledge brokerage and discuss the different rationalities of researchers and policy makers. The sub-chapters are laid out as interviews.

Part B - Tools and Experiences of Knowledge Brokerage for a Sustainable Europe

Each of the chapters in this part consists of two sections:
(a) A conceptual part which describes the knowledge brokerage system, its key components, their interrelation and benefits for the different target groups and
(b) a summary of first experiences in applying these tools (based on the built-in evaluation each of these projects has applied).
* AWARE (2009-2012) gives priority to sustainable water ecosystems management.
* PSI-CONNECT (2009-2012) focuses on the impacts of climate change on water management.
* PRIMUS (2009-2012) deals with sustainable urban management and implements an explorative application of two selected research-based tools for sustainable urban management by some 100 local governments throughout Europe.
* BESSE (2009-2012) identifies the gaps and maps the knowledge and technology options available in order to attain environmentally sustainable sanitation. Three experimental pilot projects will be established in Northern (Netherlands), Eastern (Bulgaria) and Mediterranean Europe (Italy) and will address different problems connected to sanitation.
* CORPUS (2010-2013) deals with sustainable consumption. It focuses on three areas (sustainable food, housing and mobility), comprising a series of so-called interaction exercises structured along the policy cycle.
* PACHELBEL (2010-2013) aims at the development, trialling and operationalisation of a tool called
* STAVE, which will be designed to support the work of policy making for sustainability in the area of climate changes and consumer behaviour.
* SPIRAL (2010-2013) focuses on science-policy interfaces for biodiversity.
* RESPONDER (2011-2014) aims at linking research and policy making for managing the contradictions of sustainable consumption and economic growth.
* FOODLINKS (2011-2013) focuses on sustainable food consumption and production and involves researchers, policy makers and civil society organizations.
* WATERDISS 2.0 (2011-2013) collects information on about 60 water-related FP6/FP7 research projects outputs.

Summary and outlook