ABSTRACT

This final chapter recaps the key findings of this book; highlights some of key challenges related to knowledge, climate-conflict links and nexus formation in a post-truth era; and discusses possible solutions and further research areas. It considers how the fragmentary integration of the sciences in climate-conflict debates, along with the focus on narrative coherence, contradicts global aspirations toward science-based policies, leads to marginalization of affected populations, risks promoting suboptimal policymaking and fuels climate skepticism. Regardless of the challenges, the chapter argues that against the background of dynamic nature of power and influence described in this study, inscribed knowledge arrangements, institutions, and rules of engagement are not cast in stone, but, with balanced adjustments, provide multiple channels toward change. The chapter then discusses how solutions could involve more interactive research modalities, arrangements to integrate information from the front lines of conflicts while ensuring its quality, and by using existing institutions as a basis for correcting information imbalances and for addressing the continuum from environmental change to social impacts and thus help articulate scientifically informed nexus policies. At the end, potential future research areas are highlighted.