IGN 11-2
Geographic and regional considerations for future directions of usable rangeland science

Wednesday, August 12, 2015
345, Baltimore Convention Center
Netra Chhetri, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning and Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
The term usable science is not new. Central to this is the idea that science should play a fundamental role in understanding and supporting solutions for pressing social challenges.  In the context of rangelands, usable science demands an institutional arrangement that fosters strong interaction between users (rangeland managers) and producers of knowledge (scientists). This entails establishing a shared vision of what knowledge is usable for rangeland management and how to go about creating it. One can think of knowledge production and its uptake by the rangeland users as pull-push processes, whereby usability is shaped by decision context of the stakeholders.