Accessible language: The old-new problem for climate change adaptation in an open science world

By Katherine Laycock, OCSDNet Research Affiliate and PhD candidate at the University of Waterloo, School of Planning As we continue to see the palpable effects of climate change through increasing temperatures, floods, droughts, sea level rise, and extreme storm surges, the realities of our shifting climate are being challenged by a growing global response. The Paris […]

Planning an OCS Project in Lebanon – Part I

By Serine Haidar Ahmad, from the Local Conservation and Development with OCS in Lebanon In this two-part blog series, we will go over our project’s planning and implementation process from my own perspective as a chemical engineer research assistant. In this post, I go over what attracted me to work on the project and the […]

A Neo-Colonial Enterprise – Robert Maxwell and the Rise of the 20th Century Scholarly Journal

By: Eve Gray This article was originally published on Eve’s blog page, ‘Gray Area’ and has been cross-posted with permission. How to become a Professor In one of the many discussion forums on the decolonization of the university held between academics and students in South Africa over the last months, a report of the following […]

Beyond openness: use of knowledge and public issues in non-hegemonic contexts

by Juan Layna, Hugo Ferpozzi, and Emiliano Martin Valdez of the “Can OCS Meet Social Needs?” Project Summary: Access and participation on their own are not sufficient to ensure local social use of scientific knowledge. This situation is complicated even further in non-hegemonic contexts such as Latin America. But if access and openness are not […]

From #ScienceMustFall to #ScienceMustOpen: The need to support diverse forms of knowledge in science

By: Becky Hillyer See the original Medium article here. – – – A recent Youtube video captures a student from the University of Cape Town (UCT) declaring that “science is a product of western modernity” and that “the whole thing should be scratched off.” She goes on to suggest examples of how commonly understood and accepted scientific […]

Could Transgressive Approaches to Open and Collaborative Science Contribute Towards Transformative Climate Change Adaptation?

By Cath Traynor of the Indigenous Knowledge and Climate Change Adaptation project Summary: Dr. Cath Traynor (Natural Justice), and Community Researcher, Mr Gerren De Wet (Indigenous Nama youth) presented on the OCSDNet ‘Indigenous knowledge and climate change adaptation project’ at the recent 2nd Southern African Adaptation Colloquium 7-8 July, 2016 in Johannesburg, South Africa (hosted by GSRI, Wits […]