Distinct pathways to stakeholder use versus academic contribution in climate adaptation research

Conservation Letters
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Abstract

Challenges facing societies around the globe as they plan for and adapt to climate change are so large that usable, research-driven recommendations to inform management actions are urgently needed. We sought to understand factors that influence the variation of academic contribution and use of collaborative research on climate change. We surveyed researchers (n = 31), program-leaders (n = 5), and stakeholders (n = 81) from projects supported by a federally funded network across the United States. Our results suggest that peer-reviewed publications do not lead to use, but frequency of meetings with stakeholders significantly increased use. Overall, the factors needed for projects to have high degrees of academic contributions are distinct from those needed to be useful to stakeholders. Furthermore, leadership perceptions of use of projects were significantly different from users. Our quantitative results can inform future requests for proposals and better enable researchers using collaborative approaches to conduct science that is more often used by stakeholders.

Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Distinct pathways to stakeholder use versus academic contribution in climate adaptation research
Series title Conservation Letters
DOI 10.1111/conl.12892
Edition Online First
Year Published 2022
Language English
Publisher Society for Conservation Biology
Contributing office(s) Southeast Climate Adaptation Science Center
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