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Accepted Contribution:

Transformative science communication for development: perspectives from the Philippines  
Winifredo Dagli (University of the Philippines Los Baños) Christer de Silva (Australian National University) Bryan Joel Mariano (Forest Foundation Philippines and University of the Philippines Los Baños)

Short abstract:

Historically, the role of science communication has been supportive of the dominant regimes of power and knowledge. Drawing on our shared yet diverse positionalities as scholars and practitioners from the Philippines, we propose five features of transformative science communication.

Long abstract:

Historically, the role of science communication for development has been supportive of the dominant regimes of power and knowledge known to have produced the most disruptive yet beneficial social and technological innovations. Consequently, it has also been complicit in the deepening of social inequalities and epistemic violence in many countries across the world, such as the Philippines. In this review and critical reflection, we argue that science communication must consciously enable societies and institutions to transition to sustainable futures and create new paradigms of change. Drawing on our shared yet diverse experiences and positionalities as scholars and practitioners from the Philippines, we propose five features of transformative science communication: critical understanding of science as situated knowledge, co-production of knowledge, politics of knowledge, embracing uncertainty as condition of reality, and the rethinking of the goals and outcomes of science communication. Through this contribution, we hope to broaden the emerging discourse on social inclusion and decolonization agenda in science communication with relevance to the Global South.

Combined Format Open Panel P048
Justice-oriented science communication research: sharing knowledge, building a network (papers and discussion workshop)
  Session 1 Tuesday 16 July, 2024, -