NILS - The use of quantitative science for governance: how to assess promises of a sustainable future
Inici projecte: 30/07/2014 - Fi projecte: 30/10/2014
Abstract:More and more in sustainability studies, it is recognized that there is a serious problem to be faced when generating quantitative data to be used in decision-making (Giampietro et al. 2006; Wynne 1992; Nowotny 2003; Strand 2002). Quantitative analysis reflects previous normative judgements, so that it is very difficult to approach the question of “what will really matter tomorrow for us or our descendants” (Stiglitz et al. 2009: 242). There is an urgent need to move beyond simple indicators in recognizing the limited contribution of mono-dimensional representations of sustainability and focus on the quality of the process of production of quantitative information. This move is not easy: when facing situations in which “facts are uncertain, stakes are high and decisions are urgent” the relation between science and governance requires the acknowledgment of a new situation which has been labelled as “post normal science” by Funtowicz and Ravetz (1990; 1993). The development of smart grids and their promises for a sustainable future will be used as a case study given the high uncertainty that surrounds this technology and the urgency for sustainable energy systems.
Researcher: Zora Kovacic
Entitat financiera: Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA Financial Mechanism. Operated by Universidad Compl
Entitat participant: UAB, University of Bergen (UiB)