ReSciPI is a political science research project that strives to provide policy-relevant insights on how climate science and climate policy can be integrated in a more productive way. The project builds on an innovative theoretical approach that clearly goes beyond mere ‘knowledge transfer’ and conceptualizes science-policy interactions in an iterative and reflexive manner (‘knowledge brokerage’, KB).

Specifically, ReSciPI aims to:

  • map and analyze the institutions, actors and processes of science-policy interaction in Austrian climate policy in order to identify the strengths, weaknesses, potentials and obstacles for an effective KB;
  • provide an overview of different forms of institutionalization of climate KB in selected industrialized countries (stock-taking survey);
  • get a profound understanding of how climate science and climate policy are effectively integrated in innovative KB models (in-depth cases);
  • to provide options on how to improve institutions and processes of KB by synthesizing the empirical in-sights gained and critically reflecting with relevant stakeholders on how a productive climate science-policy interface in Austria and beyond could look like.
The project is funded by the Austrian Climate and Energy Fund and conducted within the framework of the ACRP programme.