Delivering more than the “Sum of the Parts” - Using Quantitative Story Telling to address the challenges of conducting science for policy in the EU land, water and energy nexus

05 December 2017
Quantitative story telling
Science for policy
Keith Matthews et al.

K.B. Matthews, K.L. Blackstock, M. Rivington, K. Waylen, D.G. Miller, D. Wardell-Johnson, Z. Kovacic, A. Renner, M. Ripa, M. Giampietro (2017), Delivering more than the “Sum of the Parts” - Using Quantitative Story Telling to address the challenges of conducting science for policy in the EU land, water and energy nexus. In: Syme, G., Hatton MacDonald, D., Fulton, B. and Piantadosi, J. (eds), MODSIM2017, 22nd International Congress on Modelling and Simulation. Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand, December 2017, pp. 15-21. ISBN: 978-0-9872143-7-9.

Abstract

This paper introduces an EU Horizon 2020 project (MAGIC) being conducted between 2016 and 2020 to better understand how EU water, food, energy and biodiversity policies are linked together and to EU climate and sustainability goals. The research is thus another instance of a nexus study in which various forms of research-derived and other knowledge are combined to evaluate and improve policy and other decisionmaking. The project is shaped by insights on the conduct and evaluation of inter- and transdisciplinary research for policy support reported through the MODSIM and iEMSs conferences in recent years. MAGIC brings together, from multiple centres, expertise in biophysical, computational, economic and social sciences underpinned by theories of transdisciplinary science-for-governance. These MAGIC consortium partners also have experience of treading the fine line between challenging policies (which may be defended by vested interests) and supporting processes of policy reform (whose impetus and legitimacy rely on generating communities of interest). The key challenges for MAGIC are whether this breadth and depth of expertise can be combined in ways that are theoretically rigorous, practical within the resources available and deliver more than the sum of its parts, that is, with discernible impact beyond the science-policy interface (i.e. outwith academia).

Link: https://www.mssanz.org.au/modsim2017/Keynote/matthews.pdf  (available on-line)

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