The conception and conduct of environmental research

While completing the writing of this last chapter for the third edition in 2004 I attended the opening of the Zuckerman Institute for Connective Environmental Research at the University of East Anglia - a centre devoted to interdisciplinary research on the environment. An opening lecture was given by William Clark, Professor of International Science, Public Policy and Human Development at Harvard University.18 I was particularly struck by his remarks concerning the changes that are necessary in the way research is conceived and conducted if science (both natural and social) and technology are going to provide more adequate support to environmental sustainability. He pointed out the need to address all aspects of a problem both in the conception of the research and in its conduct and particularly emphasised the following four requirements:

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