Attitudes and working conditions of ICES advisory scientists

Troels Jacob Hegland, Douglas Clyde Wilson

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ABSTRACT: The focus of this chapter is the experience and attitudes of individual scientists within the fisheries advisory system. Most of the information is taken from the survey of fisheries scientists, but we have added a number of quotes from meetings and in-depth interviews where this helps give a fuller picture. One important task is to compare the experience of fisheries scientists who are more involved in the advice generation system with that of their colleagues who are less involved. Most of the tables draw comparisons between scientists who work for different kinds of employers or based on the type of the last expert group they participated in, which we consider the best single measure in the survey of participation in the advisory system. We consider this measure to be a good one, but far from perfect, as explained in Appendix 1, where the details of the survey methodology are outlined. Basic information about expert group participation is given in Table 5.1. The types of attitude scales used here are the most useful for the two tasks of comparing differences in attitude among groups and looking for correlations among the attitudes themselves. It is also reasonable to make rough statements about where on a scale a group of respondents scores, e.g. ‘well above the neutral point’ or ‘around the neutral point’, but these scales are not meant to invent and then measure precise differences among peoples’ attitudes. This chapter has three parts. The first focuses on the impact of the advisory system on scientists’ careers and working conditions. The second focuses on scientist’s attitudes towards the precautionary approach that frame much of how fisheries scientists see the meaning of their advisory task. The third section focuses on scientists’ attitudes towards the advisory task itself.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Paradoxes of Transparency : Science and the Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management in Europe
EditorsDouglas Clyde Wilson
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
PublisherAmsterdam University Press
Publication date2009
ISBN (Print)978 90 8964 060 4
Publication statusPublished - 2009
SeriesMARE Publication Series


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