Factors that promote or undermine the sustainable behavior of individuals and groups is at the heart of the newest issue of the Michigan Journal of Sustainability (vol. 6.1) published in partnership with Michigan Publishing. Co-editors-in-chief, Jessica Soon ok Worl (Environment & Sustainability), and Katerina S. Stylianou (Public Health) pose some intriguing questions for readers to consider in their introduction to this issue, The interface of science, society, and politics.
“Sustainable solutions and policies only work when communities are included, when relationships of trust are built and maintained, and when we work together to identify problems and their appropriate solutions.”
—Jessica Soon ok Worl and Katerina S. Stylianou, MJS Co-editors-in-chief
What is the Role of Science in Society?
Some of the questions at the heart of the editorials, articles, and project notes in this special issue of the Michigan Journal of Sustainability include: What is the role of sustainable science in society? What are the obligations of researchers and practitioners hoping to work with communities? How can researchers, practitioners, and communities work together to develop sustainable, equitable, and just solutions to problems? How can we make research more inclusive and diverse?
This issue represents practitioners and researchers, from the University of Michigan (U-M), The Rev. Dan Scheid (St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Flint, MI), and Dr. Yanna Lambrinidou (Virginia Tech). This issue contains contributions from researchers and practitioners from Environment and Sustainability, Earth and Environmental Science, Science and Technology Studies, Public Health, Architecture, Urban Planning, and Engineering, as well as the ministry, who provide unique perspectives on the interface between science, politics, and society.
Technical experts are in a unique position to help communities in crisis—but with new methods of engagement, collaboration, and accompaniment. And their work ought to be evaluated less on the basis of whether or not it crossed an “imaginary line” between research and activism, and more on the basis of what the community it aimed to serve says about its impact.”
—Dr. Yanna Lambrinidou”
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