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Science for Policy Handbook - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128225967, 9780128226902

Science for Policy Handbook

1st Edition

Editors: Vladimir Sucha Marta Sienkiewicz
eBook ISBN: 9780128226902
Paperback ISBN: 9780128225967
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 6th July 2020
Page Count: 288
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Science for Policy Handbook provides advice on how to bring science to the attention of policymakers. This resource is dedicated to researchers and research organizations aiming to achieve policy impacts. The book includes lessons learned along the way, advice on new skills, practices for individual researchers, elements necessary for institutional change, and knowledge areas and processes in which to invest. It puts co-creation at the centre of Science for Policy 2.0, a more integrated model of knowledge-policy relationship.

Key Features

  • Covers the vital area of science for policymaking
  • Includes contributions from leading practitioners from the Joint Research Centre/European Commission
  • Provides key skills based on the science-policy interface needed for effective evidence-informed policymaking
  • Presents processes of knowledge production relevant for a more holistic science-policy relationship, along with the types of knowledge that are useful in policymaking


Scientists and knowledge managers in universities, research institutes, governments, NGOs and private sector companies

Table of Contents

SECTION I: Science for Policy 1.0: Deficit Model
1. Against the Science-Policy Binary Separation: Science for Policy 1.0
2. Post-Normal Science: How Does It Resonate With the World of Today?

SECTION II: Science for Policy 2.0: Co-creation
3. Institutional Framework for the Science–Policy Interaction
4. Skills for Co-creation
5. Achieving Policy Impact
6. From a Policy Problem to a Research Question: Getting It Right Together
7. Working Through Communities
8. Engaging With Citizens
9. The Big Data and Artificial Intelligence: Opportunities and Challenges to Modernise the Policy Cycle
10. Navigating Interests in a Science for Policy Environment

SECTION III: Backbone tools of Science for Policy 2.0
11. Complexity Science in the Context of Policymaking
12. Foresight - Using Science and Evidence to Anticipate and Shape the Future
13. Design for Policy
14. Monitoring the Impact of Science and Evidence on Policy

SECTION IV: Science for Policy 2.0 in Specific Areas
16. Knowledge-Based Crisis and Emergency Management
17. Behavioural Insights for EU Policymaking
18. The Use of Quantitative Methods in the Policy Cycle
19. Place-Based Solutions to Territorial Challenges: How Policy and Research Can Support Successful Ecosystems


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6th July 2020
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About the Editors

Vladimir Sucha

Vladimir Sucha works at the European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC) in Brussels, Belgium.

Affiliations and Expertise

European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC) Brussels, Belgium

Marta Sienkiewicz

Marta Sienkiewicz works at the European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC) in Brussels, Belgium.

Affiliations and Expertise

European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC), Brussels, Belgium


"No comparable policy books exist. This book is unique in its approach to science and integration into the policy development process. It is timely when global discussions are occurring regarding the use of science to control, treat, and prevent COVID-19." --Doody

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