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Book launch for Enhancing Science Impact

A researcher from the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture, Dr Peat Leith, has co-authored a new book about effectively embedding environmental science into policy and governance.

The book Enhancing Science Impact: Bridging Research, Policy and Practice for Sustainability was co-authored by Dr Peat Leith, Associate Professor Kevin O'Toole, Professor Marcus Haward and Dr Brian Coffey and will be launched in Hobart today.

Dr Leith said the book focusses on the interactions between science and decision-making, particularly in natural resource management and other sustainability issues.

“There are very different types of sustainability and resource management problems ranging from the cleanliness of waterways and drinking water to the loss of biodiversity and the management of fisheries. In addressing these problems, we require different sorts of science projects and programs, set up in very different ways,” Dr Leith said.

The book is a collaboration between social scientists from the University of Tasmania’s Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture, Deakin University and RMIT University, and provides principles and frameworks for integrating science into policy and governance.

“We’ve designed the book to provide helpful tools for scientists, research managers and science policy advisers to design projects and programs that can contribute as effectively as possible to sustainable outcomes,” Dr Leith said.

The book, published by CSIRO Publishing, will be officially launched by Dr Mark Stafford-Smith, Chair of the Science Committee at FutureEarth and Chief Coordinating Scientist for Adaptation at CSIRO. The launch event will be held today, 4–5:30pm at the Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) on Hobart’s Castray Esplanade.

Event registration details can be found at and more information about the book is available on the CSIRO Publishing website.

Published on: 06 Oct 2017 10:00am