The menace of a post-truth era challenges conventional policy-making and science. Instead of fighting an uphill battle against populist solutions, those involved in both policy-making and science have to find innovative ways to collaborate, and make use of the vast amounts of knowledge that are already available. Knowledge brokerage, in this context, is more than a simple question-and-answer game: it is a process of co-creating and re-framing knowledge. In addition, Knowledge Brokerage for Sustainable Development has to deal with trade-offs and ambiguities, as well as world-views, cultures and the preferences of stakeholder groups.

This book is the first in-depth exploration of how knowledge brokerage has the potential to help manage the challenges of sustainable development across political and scientific systems. It presents a selection of innovative and practical tools to enhance the connectivity of research and policy-making on sustainable development issues. In doing so, this book will be an essential publication in research and policy-making. It supports networking among the developers and users of knowledge brokerage systems and will make their experience better known to the different communities involved.The book presents interviews with leading policymakers and researchers such as former EU Commissioner Franz Fischler, Robert-Jan Smits (Director-General of Research and Innovation at the EC), Uwe Schneidewind (President of the Wuppertal Institute), and Leida Rijnhout (European Environmental Bureau). It also provides insights into eleven EU funded projects dealing with different approaches of Knowledge Brokerage for Sustainable Development. 

chapter |21 pages

Knowledge brokerage for sustainable development: an introduction

ByMichal Sedlačko

part A|67 pages

Challenges and world views

chapter A1|6 pages

A new narrative for Europe

ByFranz Fischler

chapter A2|5 pages

Communicating limits to growth

ByJørgen Randers

chapter A3|7 pages

Agenda-setting in European policy

ByRobert-Jan Smits

chapter A4|6 pages

Policy learning in EU Member States

ByElisabeth Freytag, Wolfram Tertschnig

chapter A5|6 pages

The need for more transdisciplinary research

ByUwe Schneidewind

chapter A6|5 pages

Providing scientific advice in critical situations

ByLucia Reisch

chapter A7|6 pages

Why evidence is often not enough to influence policy

ByHadelin de Beer de Laer

chapter A8|6 pages

Understanding the context of policy-making

ByKlaus Jacob

chapter A9|6 pages

The role(s) of NGOs in linking science and policy-making

ByLeida Rijnhout

chapter A10|6 pages

The relationship between science and policy in the United States

ByMaurie Cohen

chapter A11|6 pages

The role(s) of professional facilitators

ByPeter Woodward

part B|216 pages

Projects and experiences

chapter B1|19 pages


Bridging the knowledge of citizens, scientists and policy-makers for sustainable water ecosystems management
ByCarlo Sessa

chapter B2|22 pages


Knowledge brokerage and innovation for a sustainable sanitation
ByGiovanni Caiati, Luciano d’Andrea, Ragna Zeiss

chapter B3|16 pages


Knowledge brokerage to bring alternative indicators into policy
ByThijmen van Bree, Adriaan Slob

chapter B4|18 pages


Linking research and policy for evidence-based policy-making on sustainable consumption
ByGerd Scholl, Gerald Berger, Elisabeth Freytag, Márton Herczeg, Francois Jégou, Harri Kalimo, Tamas Kallay, Lucia Reisch, Sauli Rouhinen, Frieder Rubik, Benoît Simon, Pål Strandbakken

chapter B5|18 pages


Building Communities of Practice for learning on sustainable food consumption and production
BySandra Karner, Bettina Bock, Femke Hoekstra, Heidrun Moschitz, Anita Thaler, Han Wiskerke

chapter B6|19 pages


Shining a light on citizens’ everyday environment-related behaviours
ByAna Prades, Tom Horlick-Jones, Julie Barnett, Marian Constantin, Ann Enander, Josep Espluga, Wilfried Konrad, Marc Poumadère, Jonathan Rosenhead

chapter B7|20 pages


Bridging the gap between research and policy-making on local sustainability
ByCristina Garzillo, Kate Theobald, Ania Rok

chapter B8|22 pages


Knowledge exchange in river basin management
ByAdriaan Slob, Paul Jeffrey, Piotr Magnuszewski, Claudia Pahl-Wostl

chapter B9|24 pages


Linking sustainable consumption and growth debates following a systems-thinking approach
ByAndré Martinuzzi, Michal Sedlačko, Jill Jaeger

chapter B10|13 pages


Improving science–policy interfaces for biodiversity
ByJuliette Young, Kerry Waylen, Sybille van den Hove, Allan Watt

chapter B11|19 pages


Analysis and uptake of water research results
ByNatacha Amorsi, Ulf Stein, Beatriz Medina, Johanna von Toggenburg, Stephen Midgley, Darla Nickel

chapter |24 pages

Knowledge brokerage for sustainable development

Experiences, recommendations and research outlook
ByAndré Martinuzzi