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Join us for the third talk in the Development Reimagined series, focused on the theme of disrupting development and the future through innovative approaches and new thinking.
What is the role of scientists in environmental regulation? This project is looking for communication gaps in the science-decision makers interface in the national context, wherein the formal structures are very weak or non-existent. The interaction of different stakeholders (congressman, local regulators and civil society) with scientific knowledge is mediated in different ways to inform and produce environmental regulation. Two environmental conflicts are contrasted and examined in Chile: the successful creation of the urban wetlands protection bill in Valdivia, and the multilayered air, soil and water pollution in Antofagasta. In both cases, scientists have been involved in different policy stages and taking up different roles.
Soledad Quiroz is a Chilean biochemist, PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology from Michigan State University and Master in Public Policy and Management from Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University. Her research has focused on recent science and innovation governance in Chile, publishing the book titled “Science, the Forgotten Pillar in Chilean Development” in 2016. Lately, she has turned to the system for science advice, becoming a member of the steering committee of the Latin American chapter of INGSA (International Network for Government Science Advise), and currently a 2019 research associate.