Power in Science Communication Collaborations
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Power in Science Communication Collaborations

In this comment, we focus on the ways power impacts science communication collaborations. Following Fischhoff’s suggestion of focusing on internal consultation within science communication activities, we examine the ways such consultation is complicated by existing power structures, which tend to prioritize scientific knowledge over other knowledge forms. This prioritization works in concert with funding structures and with existing cultural and social hierarchies to shape science communication in troubling ways. We discuss several strategies to address problematic power structures. These strategies may reveal and thus mitigate problems in individual collaborations, but these collaborations exist within a larger infrastructure in need of systemic change.


Halpern, M., & O’Rourke, M. (2020). Power in science communication collaborations. Journal of Science Communication, 19(04), 1–12. http://doi.org/10.22323/2.19040302



July 14, 2020


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