Return to Sender: Bringing Back the Science to Stakeholders and Communities


By Jannik Schultner

Taking back the results of our social-ecological research to stakeholders and communities is key to making our science relevant in the real-world. To make an effort beyond putting a policy-relevance section at the end of our publications may seem tedious, but can have massive impact at the level where our science is most urgently needed.

En-route to meeting stakeholders and communities in Ethiopia.

During the past two weeks our research team set out for a trip that focused on outreach and stakeholder engagement in southwestern Ethiopia. We wanted to feed back our past research on food security and biodiversity conservation to stakeholders and communities, which have particularly been involved in a co-creative process that developed future scenarios for the region.

During our current trip, we revisited the regional centre, three local centres and the rural landscapes of our study region. We re-engaged with dozens of stakeholder organizations…

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