The following resources have been suggested by INGSA members and 2014 conference participants. The list will never be complete and we are always seeking to update our inventory – please send us your relevant references, including documents in shareable formats where possible.
This list was last updated on 24 June 2015.
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- Simon Bastow et al: The Impact of the Social Sciences: How Academics and Their Research Make a Difference, Sage (2014). Recommended by Phil Campbell, Editor in Chief of Nature
- Heather Douglas: Science, Policy and the Value-Free Ideal, University of Pittsburgh Press (2009). Douglas explores the role of values in science and the inadequacy of the ideal that science can and should be values-free.
- Sheila Jasanoff: Science and Public Reason, Routledge (2012). Jasanoff examines how democratic governments make use of evidence and argument to legitimize decisions and be accountable to citizens.
- Roger Pielke: The Honest Broker: Making Sense of Science in Policy and Politics, Cambridge University Press (2007). Pielke examines the range of options of roles that scientists can play in policy and politics.
- William T. Golden (ed.): AAAS Press, 2nd Edition (1993)
- William T. Golden (ed): Pergamon (1991)
- Bruce L.R. Smith: The Advisers: Scientists in the Policy Process, Brookings (1992)
Journal articles & special editions
- NEW: Ottomar Edenhofer and Martin Kowarsch: Cartography of pathways: A new model for environmental policy assessments. Environmental Science & Policy 51: 56-64 (2015)
- Robert Doubleday and James Wilsdon: Beyond the great and the good. Nature 485: 301-302 (2012)
- Claire Dunlop: The temporal dimension of knowledge and the limits of policy appraisal: biofuels policy in the UK. Policy Sciences 43: 343-363 (2010). Political paper recommended by Brian Collins that describes the brokering function between government, science and policy.
- Heather Douglas: Inserting the public into science. In Sabine Maasen and Peter Weingart (eds), Democratization of Expertise: Exploring Novel Forms of Scientific Advice in Political Decision-Making – Sociology of the Sciences vol 24, pp 153–169 (2005)
- Jack Stilgoe, Simon Lock & James Wilsdon: Why should we promote public engagement with science? Public Understanding of Science 23: 4-15 (2014)
- Research Fortnight: Chief Scientist World: Global Science Advice special, Auckland, August 2014 (2014). Special supplement from Research Fortnight, an independent source of news, analysis, funding opportunities and jobs for the academic community.
- From University of Waterloo, article by Heather Douglas: Scientific Integrity in a Politicized World
- Synthesis Report: Science Advice to Governments Conference (Auckland, November 2014)
- Science Advice to Governments: Diverse Systems, Common Challenges. A briefing document for the Auckland conference (August 2014)
- National Research Council: Public Participation in Environmental Assessment and Decision Making, National Academies Press (2008)
- James Wilsdon and Robert Doubleday: Future directions for scientific advice in Whitehall, Centre for Science and Policy (2013). A collection of essays based on a recent series of seminars to stimulate fresh thinking and practical recommendations on future directions in scientific advice in Whitehall.
- James Wilsdon and Robert Doubleday: Future Directions for Science Advice in Europe, Centre for Science and Policy (2015).
- UK House of Commons Science and Technology Committee: Scientific advice and evidence in emergencies: third report of session 2010–11 (2011). An example of a review of the use of science in government.
- Council of Canadian Academies: Science Culture: Where Canada Stands (2014). Report on Canada’s science culture.
- Peter Gluckman, NZ Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor: The Role of Evidence in Policy Formation and Implementation. Office of the Prime Minister’s Science Advisory Committee (2013). Survey conducted by the NZ Chief Science Advisor on public servants’ attitudes towards science advice in Government.
- Danish Agency for Science Technology and Innovation: The Effect of the Industrial PhD Programme on Employment and Income (2012)
- European Commission’s Science and Technology Advisory Council: Science For an Informed, Sustainable and Inclusive Knowledge Society
- Royal Society: New frontiers in Science Diplomacy
- OECD – Global Science Forum: The Role and Responsibility of Expert Bodies and Individual Scientists (2015)
- Government Office of Science UK: Innovation: Managing Risk, Not Avoiding it – Sir Mark Walport, 2014
- Matthew Gaudreau and Marc Saner: Researchers Are From Mars; Policymakers Are From Venus: Collaboration Across the System
- Matthew Gaudreau and Marc Saner: From Many to One: Integration of Knowledge and Values in Decision-making
- Matthew Gaudreau, Michael Bordt and Marc Saner: Dealing with Not Knowing: Evaluating and Communicating Uncertainty at the Science/Policy Interface
- Bill Jarvis: The Role and Responsibilities of the Scientist in Public Policy: A Discussion Paper on Science and Government
- UK Government: What works: evidence centres for social policy (2013)
- Chief Scientist of Quebec: Report of the Montreal Think Tank on Science Advice (2014)
- Science Advice to Governments – 2014 conference blog (archives)
- Road to Paris – ICSU. An editorially independent blog about what is new and under-reported in the field of climate change, disaster risk reduction and sustainable development, in the lead up to the 2015 Climate meeting in Paris.
- The Guardian: website on science policy. Includes several articles around the 2014 conference – interviews with speakers and key players.
- The Impact Blog. Based on the book The Impact of the Social Sciences by Bastow et al.
- Science Advice to Governments 2014 conference – YouTube playlist. Video archive of all keynote and panel addresses.
- Science advice – Wikipedia page. Started by researcher Kim Nicholas and Michelle Kovacevic during Auckland conference. Outlines science advisory systems for a variety of countries.
- The Toolbox Project. A philosophical approach for improving cross-disciplinary communication, it was developed by Michael O’Rourke at Michigan State University and colleagues to help facilitate multidisciplinary collaboration.
- Value Isobars - The Landscape and Isobars of European Values in Relation to Science and New Technology and the Value Atlas prototype. Led by Matthias Keiser, University of Bergen, Norway. The Value Isobars project has worked out a blue print for a more value based and value informed governance approach to science and technology (S&T). The Value Atlas prototype proposes that central EU policymakers should routinely be informed by the European value landscape in relation to S&T.
- Bundesinstitut für Risikobewertung (BfR: Federal Institute for Risk Assessment). German model demonstrates greater levels of risk assessment.
- European Food Safety Authority: EFSA initiative on Openness and Transparency
- European Academies Science Advisory Council: EASAC Guidelines: Good Practice in the Dialogue between Science Academies and Policy Communities (2012)
- European Parliament: Briefing note on scientific advice for policy-makers (2015)
- NEW: Comment in Nature Climate Change: Policy assessments to enhance EU scientific advice - Dr Martin Kowarsch, 9 November 2015
- Editorial in Science: Australia needs a Science Strategy – Professor Ian Chubb, Chief Scientist Australia, 29 August 2014
- Comment in Nature: The art of science advice to government – Sir Peter Gluckman, Chief Science Advisor NZ, 13 March 2014
- Comment in Nature: Twenty tips for interpreting scientific claims – William Sutherland, David Speigelhalter and Mark Burgman, November 2013
- Comment in Nature: Science Policy: Beyond the Great and the Good – Robert Doubleday and James Wilsdon
- Canada-based newsletter on research and development, science and technology, innovation and knowledge-based economic development (subscription required) : Re$earch Money – Mark Henderson, Managing Editor
A partial list of government and NGOs working at the science-policy interface.
- InterAcademy Council – resources available in all languages
- ScienceWise – UK Centre for public dialogue on policy making involving science and technology issues
Academic Centres and Institutes