Socioenvironmental Sustainability and Actionable Science

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Jan 15, 2012

As Director of NSF’s newest synthesis center and its only one focused on bridging social and natural science to address issues of the environment, Margaret Palmer was invited to write a brief article for the journal BioScience.   The editors of the journal were particularly interested in SESYNC’s focus on “actionable science”.   As we have defined it, actionable refers to scholarship with the potential to inform decisions (government, business, and household), improve the design or implementation of public policies, influence public or private sector strategies, planning and behaviors that affect the environment.  In the BioScience article, Palmer explains why it is essential that the community of scholars focused on coupled human-natural systems ensure their work has the potential to be actionable and how they might go about doing this.

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