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Sustainability 2018, 10(2), 449; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10020449

Communication Barriers and Lessons Learned in Energy Policy

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Department of Marine Affairs, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI 02881, USA
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Harrington School of Communication and Media, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI 02881, USA
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Received: 29 December 2017 / Revised: 29 January 2018 / Accepted: 6 February 2018 / Published: 9 February 2018
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Abstract

In the past 30 years, energy researchers have concluded their academic publication with sections that deal directly with policy implications and recommendations. Yet too often, these recommendations are written with little understanding of how policymakers balance different needs, prefer to communicate, or use scientific information. In this manuscript, we outline key variables—time, training, and interpretation—that are key to understanding how to better communicate research implications to policymakers. We recommend emphasizing the power of language and the use of boundary objects in an attempt to mitigate the issues presented between researchers and policymakers. View Full-Text
Keywords: energy policy; science communication; deficit model; communication theory energy policy; science communication; deficit model; communication theory
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Smith, H.; Gilbert, C. Communication Barriers and Lessons Learned in Energy Policy. Sustainability 2018, 10, 449.

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