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Environmental consultants, knowledge brokering and policy-making: A case study

Sardo, Margarida; Weitkamp, Emma

Authors

Emma Weitkamp Emma.Weitkamp@uwe.ac.uk
Associate Professor in Science Communication



Abstract

This small-scale exploratory study examined the role of environmental consultants in the policy-making process using one European country (Portugal) as a case study. The study focused particularly on the role of environmental consultants as knowledge brokers, providing scientific expertise to national and local government policy-makers. The research question and other topics were explored through in depth interviews and an online questionnaire. The data indicate that in Portugal environmental consultants act as knowledge brokers, providing policy-makers with access to scientific information and encouraging its use; this information feeds into the policy process at the formulation, implementation, assessment and review stages. They also play other roles such as acting as financial, legal and technical advisors.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jul 31, 2017
Journal International Journal of Environmental Policy and Decision Making
Print ISSN 1752-6906
Publisher Inderscience
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 2
Issue 3
Pages 221-235
APA6 Citation Sardo, M., & Weitkamp, E. (2017). Environmental consultants, knowledge brokering and policy-making: A case study. International Journal of Environmental Policy and Decision Making, 2(3), 221-235. https://doi.org/10.1504/IJEPDM.2017.10006332
DOI https://doi.org/10.1504/IJEPDM.2017.10006332
Keywords environmental consultants, policy-making, mediation, consultation, knowledge brokers
Publisher URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1504/IJEPDM.2017.10006332
Related Public URLs http://www.inderscience.com/info/ingeneral/forthcoming.php?jcode=ijepdm

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