Policy ForumGlobal Change Science

Stakeholders in climate science: Beyond lip service?

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Science  13 Nov 2015:
Vol. 350, Issue 6262, pp. 743-744
DOI: 10.1126/science.aab1495

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Research models are evolving in response to the need for on-the-ground knowledge of climate change impacts on communities. Partnership between researcher and practitioner is vital for adaptive policy efforts (1). Transdisciplinary research teams present new opportunities by involving academics and local stakeholders, who actively conceive, enact, and apply research on adaptation and mitigation actions (2, 3). In transdisciplinary research, stakeholders are also researchers. But if we want to engage stakeholders in climate research, then we cannot simply pay lip service to the idea while treating them as participants for extractive research.