Authors: Juliette Rouchier
Addresses: LAMSADE, CNRS (PSL), Université Paris-Dauphine, Place Lattre de Tassigny, 75775 Paris Cedex 16, France
Abstract: This paper describes processes of disqualification in an environmental dispute, and the impact they (can) have. Scientists, benefiting from an aura of neutrality and reason, publicly express their negative personal opinions as relevant constructed knowledge. This has an impact on the public's level of trust in the scientific inquiry, and can destroy the possibility of doing field work. This is especially the case when the problem under study (here, pollution issues) has strong links with scientific activity, and can generate serious delays in a political process. The disqualification of others being often observed in academics, an institution should be designed to solve such issues with civility.
Keywords: environment; long-term policy; policy analytics; French academics; avoidance; disqualification; red muds; instrumentalisation of science.
International Journal of Sustainable Development, 2021 Vol.24 No.2, pp.141 - 154
Accepted: 28 May 2021
Published online: 02 Nov 2021 *