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Science Diplomacy

Adler, P. S., Barrett, R. C., Bean, M. C., Birkhoff, J. E., Ozawa, C. P., & Rudin, E. B. (2000). Managing scientific and technical information in environmental cases, principles and practices for mediators and facilitators. Tucson, AZ: Resolv, U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution, & Western Justice Center Foundation. Retrieved from:


This document focuses on key principles and practices relevant to managing scientific and technical information in environmental conflicts. Based on information gathered by more than a hundred individuals, the objective is to advance both the practice and theory of environmental mediation and to launch further thinking and discussion on the issues raised. It highlights the importance of integrating science with other means of thought and inquiry.


Fähnrich, B. (2015, December 31). Science diplomacy: Investigating the perspective of scholars on politics–science collaboration in international affairs. Public Understanding of Science. Retrieved from:


This report examines a German effort to use scientists and politics together to improve international connections. This piece analyzes the interviews of various scientists who participated to get a better understanding of its success. This report focuses on a topic that has not received much attention previously.


Karl, H. A., & Turner, C. (2002).  “A model project for exploring the role of sustainability science in a citizen-centered, collaborative decision-making process.” Human Ecology Review, 9(1), 67–71.

This article focuses on how the interaction between science and society can lead to the development of solutions to environmental issues.  Two successful projects are highlighted: The 1998 USGS INCLUDE program and the Menlo Park based Creek Project, which both helped communities work together with scientists to improve local ecosystems. The article goes on to discuss the roles of scientific and societal groups in environmental conflict resolution.


Lord, K. M., & Turekian, V. C. (2007). Time for a new era of science diplomacy. Science, 315 (5813), 769–70. Retrieved from:


This article emphasizes the importance of scientists to participate in diplomatic efforts, especially for the purposes of combating negative global opinion of the United States. The authors conclude by stressing the importance of cooperation from the United States government and the departments of science and technology to open the nation up to another channel of diplomacy.


Turekian, V. C., & Neureiter, N. P. (2012). Science and diplomacy: The past as prologue. Science & Diplomacy, 1(1). Retrieved from:


This article discusses how science diplomacy frequently plays a vital role in international relations, cooperation and scientific discovery, and how it is an effective tool for bridging political  despite tensions in their political environment. The article notes that there is a shift in science diplomacy as it has moved from a government focus to an NGO focus.