How to Engage with Publics

  • Claire Craig


It is helpful that the only language scientists and scholars of different disciplines truly have in common with each other is also that of the public. The processes for providing scientific evidence must accommodate multiple publics, including those associated with the law and markets. Recognising different forms of scientific expertise helps with their curation. Experience of public dialogue means no one need be surprised that engaged publics are typically cautiously optimistic about science but make very different judgements about specific uses in specific contexts. Discussing the details of scientific evidence need not become a lightning rod that distracts from wider questions of world view or values. Considering the different lenses through which to view controversial issues can help align decisions, evidence and stakeholder interests.


Scientific expertise Public dialogue Social intelligence Lenses Hydraulic fracturing 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Claire Craig
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  1. 1.Royal SocietyLondonUK

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