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Salience, Credibility and Legitimacy in a Rapidly Shifting World of Knowledge and Action

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John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, University of Massachusetts Boston, Boston, MA 02125, USA
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Institute of Economics, Austral University of Chile, Valdivia, Los Rios 5090000, Chile
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Sustainability 2020, 12(18), 7376; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12187376
Received: 20 July 2020 / Revised: 31 August 2020 / Accepted: 1 September 2020 / Published: 8 September 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Global Environmental Policy and Governance in Sustainability)
We are in a rapidly changing world where new dynamics are stressing the knowledge-action landscape: a greater understanding that cross-scale interactions are critical; increasing pressure to more fully address issues of equity in sustainable development challenges; rapidly transforming digital technologies; and the emergence of a “post-truth world”. These stressors are ripening at a time in which there is increased urgency in linking knowledge to action to solve some of the earth’s most pressing human-environment problems. This paper explores to what degree one model of knowledge-action may be useful in the face of these stressors. This model relies on co-production of knowledge across boundaries, and the importance of knowledge in meeting criteria of salience, credibility and legitimacy. Tentative explorations suggest utility of this model in responding to the changing knowledge-action landscape. View Full-Text
Keywords: knowledge; action; boundary work; cross-scale; equity; digital transformation; post-truth; climate knowledge; action; boundary work; cross-scale; equity; digital transformation; post-truth; climate
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Cash, D.W.; Belloy, P.G. Salience, Credibility and Legitimacy in a Rapidly Shifting World of Knowledge and Action. Sustainability 2020, 12, 7376. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12187376

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Cash DW, Belloy PG. Salience, Credibility and Legitimacy in a Rapidly Shifting World of Knowledge and Action. Sustainability. 2020; 12(18):7376. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12187376

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Cash, David W., and Patricio G. Belloy. 2020. "Salience, Credibility and Legitimacy in a Rapidly Shifting World of Knowledge and Action" Sustainability 12, no. 18: 7376. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12187376

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