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Wednesday, November 13 • 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Bringing the social sciences into new policy spaces: solution-oriented case studies and dialogue (75 min) / Intégrer les sciences sociales dans les nouveaux espaces politiques : études de cas et dialogue orientés vers la recherche de solutions

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Panel Organized by: Office of the Chief Scientist, Natural Resources Canada with the Institute of Environment, University of Ottawa / Ressources naturelles Canada

There is growing recognition that policy and management decisions have important human dimensions, and that social science research has important roles to play in decision-making including social networks, the use of information, resource allocation or influences of personal traits. Bringing the social sciences into natural science-dominated science-policy domains raises questions about interdisciplinarity, expertise, and the weights and types of evidence that are brought to bear on decision-making.

The panel brings together perspectives from government agencies and academia to discuss case studies that result in institutional innovation for integrating more social sciences to inform science policy issues.  Participants are invited to engage in dialogue to share tools and practices that have worked for them in their respective organizations, and to create greater networking opportunities for peer-to-peer learning.

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Elisabeth Gauthier

Research Director, Canadian Forest Service, Natural Resources Canada
Elisabeth Gauthier has been Research Director at Natural Resources Canada’s Canadian Forest Service since 2015. She has a Bachelors and Master degree in Science and a Ph.D. in Sociology of Science and has previously worked in other federal departments, including Agriculture and... Read More →
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Nathan Young

Professor of Sociology, University of Ottawa
Nathan Young is Professor of Sociology at the University of Ottawa, Canada. His recent research includes studies of public discourses about climate change, conflicts over fisheries and aquaculture, the role of different types of knowledge in environmental management and decision-making... Read More →
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Brian Pentz

PhD Candidate, University of Toronto
Brian Pentz is PhD Candidate, University of Toronto Scarborough. Brian is interested in environmental governance and management, particularly of marine environments. His graduate research is primarily concerned with understanding the governance of declining and recovering renewable... Read More →

Wednesday November 13, 2019 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Room 5

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