The Science-Policy Interface


  • Anita Engels University of Hamburg


Expertise, Science Studies, Environmental Policy, Integrated Environmental Assessment, European Union


The paper takes the case study on policy programmes of the European Forum on Integrated Environmental Assessment (EFIEA) as starting point for a more general reflection on science-policy interfaces in the context of European policymaking. First, the European Union is described as a challenging context in which scientific expertise is met with changing expectations by the public, the policymakers, and by scientists. Second, the paper analyses the challenges of science-policy interfaces and suggests criteria for evaluating organised attempts to create such interfaces. Finally, the experiences of the EFIEA policy programmes are analysed with the aim to suggest options to institutionalise Integrated Environmental Assessment as a tool for improved policymaking at the EU level.

Author Biography

Anita Engels, University of Hamburg

Centre for Globalisation and Governance, School of Business, Economics, and Social Studies