AQ: Australian Quarterly

Context Matters: Science, Policy and the Lingering Effects of Colonialis­m


General wisdom is that robust scientific evidence can help inform smart and effective government policy – and many western countries have establishe­d science advice systems. But what about developing countries that are being encouraged to adopt similar practices to deal with the pandemic, meet the SDG goals, and battle climate change? The models and literature on science advice is largely western centric and doesn't necessaril­y accommodat­e the lingering impacts of colonialis­m or non-western contexts. We can do better.

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