The Nexus Times

Post-normal science

Post-Normal MAGIC: Editorial

September 2020 marks the end of the MAGIC project. This last issue of The Nexus Times is devoted to the overarching question: “What is the contribution of MAGIC to Post-Normal Science?" In this issue, project members reflect on the project’s research and engagement activities, its strengths and challenges, as well as its contributions and...

Managing a Post-Normal Science Project within Horizon 2020: Dream, Nightmare or Both?

In this article, I briefly elaborate on what made MAGIC management a ‘unique’ experience.  

Post-Normal Science and the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre

Engagements with different actors on various levels of governance and policymaking were a central element of Quantitative Story Telling (QST) approach developed and applied in MAGIC. This approach builds on ideas developed by Jerry Ravetz and Silvio Funtowicz as a part of their writing on post-normal science (PNS). In particular, our work made use...

Post-Normal Policy Interactions: Paradoxes for Science-Policy teams

The premise of Post-Normal Science (PNS) is to focus on how knowledge is (co)-produced and used by different actors in different contexts.

The MAGIC-Post-Normal Science Nexus

Insights of PNS in MAGIC Innovative conceptual aspects of MAGIC have complemented an understanding of Post-Normal Science (PNS) grounded on complexity [1–3] that proved useful to achieve practical results during the four years of the MAGIC research journey. The impossibility of decoupling passion from reason in sustainability analysis

MAGIC: a Journey with Uncomfortable Knowledge and Values

30 September 2020 is our last day as researchers in the Horizon 2020-funded Research and Innovation action “MAGIC: Moving towards Adaptive Governance in Complexity: Informing Nexus Security”. For me personally, MAGIC has been an enormously enriching experience. As the project in its formal sense is coming to an end, I will try to put into words...