Policy Is Policy and Science Is Science: Shall the Twain Ever Meet?

  • Mathew KurianEmail author
  • Reza Ardakanian


The comparative advantage of the United Nations University (UNU) system lies in its ability to design, execute and mainstream research outputs within the policy domain. Given that the UNU is accountable to member states, there is a more than obvious connection to the needs of member states in developing and emerging economies.


Accountability Adaptive management Boundary conditions Co-provision Data visualization Environmental risks Feedback loops Infrastructure Nexus observatory Policy Poverty-Environment (P-E) nexus Scale Science 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of ResourcesUnited Nations UniversityDresdenGermany

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