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Type: Journal article
Title: Champions as influencers of science uptake into Australian coastal zone policy
Author: Mumford, T.
Harvey, N.
Citation: Coastal Management, 2014; 42(6):495-511
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Issue Date: 2014
ISSN: 0892-0753
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Taryn Mumford and Nick Harvey
Abstract: Australia’s coastal environments are exposed to great pressures. Adequate policy and management measures are required to ensure the protection of coastal assets now and for future generational use. However, recent government reports and academic literature have highlighted that improved science uptake into policy is needed to ensure coastal communities are protected from impacts such as climate change. The literature suggests that individuals, coined champions, can play an important role in influencing the use of science by policymakers. However, a paucity of research exists surrounding the role of these individuals. This research explores the role of champions in enabling science uptake into policy in the Australian coastal zone, investigating champion characteristics and strategies used in influencing policymakers. A mixed-methods approach to the research was employed, integrating a paper/online survey of people involved in Australian coastal management and in-depth, semi-structured interviews with champions nominated by their peers from the survey. Fourteen key coastal champion characteristics were identified from the survey. Furthermore, the champion interviews identified strategies for influencing science use by policymakers. From these findings a conceptual model was created. In order to enable coastal champions to be fostered, a six-step process was developed that incorporates the use of the conceptual model.
Keywords: Champions; coastal management; coastal policy; science uptake
Rights: Copyright © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
RMID: 0030024062
DOI: 10.1080/08920753.2014.964654
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