Opening the floor for discussion: A perspective on how scholars perceive attitudes to science in policymaking in South Africa

Molly V. Czachur, Melvi Todd, Tainã Gonçalves Loureiro, James M. Azam, Siphokazi Nyeleka, Amanda Alblas, Sarah J. Davies
2021 South African Journal of Science  
Policymakers are a vital group with whom scientific research should be communicated, especially when the reason for many research projects is linked to relevance for socio-political and economic management. Science communication has a vital role in transforming research into policy, and a core element of this process is understanding the target group, namely policymakers. Science and policy influence each other deeply, so researchers and policymakers should improve their understanding of each
more » ... rstanding of each other and of the processes involved in both fields in order to better collaborate. Accordingly, an in-depth understanding of how scholars perceive policymakers is a precondition for scientists to achieve any desired management and policy impacts.
doi:10.17159/sajs.2021/7948 fatcat:ksgsl2eq6re6rbld5dyxwszyfq