Resilient science: The civic epistemology of disaster risk reduction
Science and Public Policy
Oxford University Press
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Donovan, A., & Oppenheimer, C. (2015). Resilient science: The civic epistemology of disaster risk reduction. Science and Public Policy, 43 363-374. https://doi.org/10.1093/scipol/scv039
In this paper, we use insights from science studies to elucidate the nature of advisory science in the context of disasters, particularly those involving geophysical hazards. We argue that there are some key differences between disaster advisory science and the issues that are most discussed in science studies: they are both time- and space-specific and they constitute major social, economic and scientific shocks. We suggest that disasters require flexible advisory structures that maximise the co-production of science and social order, and present a framework for this. We argue that the aim of increasing resilience to natural hazards requires that sociology of scientific knowledge play a part in the application of scientific advice: disaster studies has focused on the reduction of vulnerability as a reaction against technical-rational models of scientific advice, but in doing so has restricted the potential role of the social sciences in the framing of scientific advice and expertise.
AD gratefully acknowledges support from a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship, part-funded by the Isaac Newton Trust, University of Cambridge. AD would also like to thank Professor Susan Owens for productive and enjoyable discussions.
Leverhulme Trust (ECF-2012-609)
Isaac Newton Trust (Minute 1208(g))
External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/scipol/scv039
This record's URL: https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/248533