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Seminar: Linking Knowledge with Action to Address Modern Environmental Challenges

Posted: 11/14/2016 (Local Events)


Tuesdays, 3:30-4:20 pm

Meeting modern environmental challenges requires new perspectives, approaches, collaborations, and knowledge – and new ways of linking scholarship with society.

This one-credit, reading and discussion-based seminar will explore the theory and practice of linking knowledge with action in support of progress on critical environmental challenges. Concepts will be illustrated using examples from efforts to inform societal responses to climate change. The course will review both foundational and emerging literature on topics, including:

  • Defining and developing actionable science
  • Integrating across multiple disciplines and incorporating extra-scientific knowledge to address societal problems (transdisciplinary research)
  • Collaborating with non-academic communities to generate societally relevant information (knowledge coproduction)
  • Facilitating the transfer of knowledge from science producers to users (knowledge brokering)
  • Groups that facilitate the exchange of information between science and society (boundary organizations)
  • Knowledge/action systems
  • Defining and evaluating success in linking knowledge to action

Students will be expected to come to weekly meetings prepared to actively discuss reading assignments, and to participate in the course’s online discussion board. Credit/no-credit only.

Advanced undergraduates may register with permission of instructors. Postdoctoral researchers interested in auditing the course should contact instructors. Instructors: Meade Krosby ( and Amy Snover (

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Time: Winter Quarter

Location: University of Washington