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Commentary

Science Communication at a Time of Crisis: Emergency, Democracy, and Persuasion

Department of Science and Technology Studies, University of Vienna, 1010 Vienna, Austria
Academic Editors: Lloyd Spencer Davis and Wiebke Finkler
Sustainability 2022, 14(9), 5103; https://doi.org/10.3390/su14095103
Received: 23 December 2021 / Revised: 19 April 2022 / Accepted: 20 April 2022 / Published: 23 April 2022
This commentary essay reflects on the role of science communication in contemporary democratic societies, with a particular focus on how it should be imagined and practiced in times of crisis and emergency such as the COVID-19 pandemic or climate change. I distinguish between science communication that is oriented to strategic and democratic goals, and argue for the continued importance of science communication in nurturing democracy even at times of crisis. I close by suggesting principles that might guide such communication, and by relating these arguments to an understanding of science communication as ‘the social conversation around science’. View Full-Text
Keywords: democracy; emergency; climate crisis; COVID-19 pandemic; deliberation; public engagement democracy; emergency; climate crisis; COVID-19 pandemic; deliberation; public engagement
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Davies, S.R. Science Communication at a Time of Crisis: Emergency, Democracy, and Persuasion. Sustainability 2022, 14, 5103. https://doi.org/10.3390/su14095103

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Davies SR. Science Communication at a Time of Crisis: Emergency, Democracy, and Persuasion. Sustainability. 2022; 14(9):5103. https://doi.org/10.3390/su14095103

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Davies, Sarah R. 2022. "Science Communication at a Time of Crisis: Emergency, Democracy, and Persuasion" Sustainability 14, no. 9: 5103. https://doi.org/10.3390/su14095103

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