Organic Public Engagement

How Ecological Thinking Transforms Public Engagement with Science

  • Adam S. Lerner
  • Pat J. Gehrke

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Adam S. Lerner, Pat J. Gehrke
    Pages 1-6
  3. Adam S. Lerner, Pat J. Gehrke
    Pages 7-37
  4. Adam S. Lerner, Pat J. Gehrke
    Pages 39-67
  5. Adam S. Lerner, Pat J. Gehrke
    Pages 69-95
  6. Adam S. Lerner, Pat J. Gehrke
    Pages 97-120
  7. Adam S. Lerner, Pat J. Gehrke
    Pages 121-146
  8. Adam S. Lerner, Pat J. Gehrke
    Pages 147-170
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 171-184

About this book


This book advances organic public engagement methods based on ecological thinking. The authors draw on rich multi-disciplinary literature in ecological thinking as well as research from public engagement with science events held over the past several years across the United States. Through this combination of ecology theory and case studies, this book provides both the conceptual foundations and the proven practical applications of public engagement grounded in ecological thinking. It offers engagement scholars an effective and efficient means of carrying out their missions, while simultaneously building a more ecologically valid method for studying actually existing publics. 


STS Science and Technology Studies Science Communication Public Understanding of Science Rhetoric of Science and Technology Public Communication Civic Engagement

Authors and affiliations

  • Adam S. Lerner
    • 1
  • Pat J. Gehrke
    • 2
  1. 1.University of South CarolinaColumbiaUSA
  2. 2.University of South CarolinaLexingtonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-64396-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-64397-7
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