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On Infertile GroundPopulation Control and Women's Rights in the Era of Climate Change$
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Jade S. Sasser

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781479873432

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479873432.001.0001

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Scientists, Donors, and the Politics of Anticipating the Future

Scientists, Donors, and the Politics of Anticipating the Future

(p.78) 3 Scientists, Donors, and the Politics of Anticipating the Future
On Infertile Ground

Jade S. Sasser

NYU Press

Chapter 3 explores the close relationships between scientists and their funders as they work together to produce new knowledge as a base from which to advocate for policy. Climate scientists both describe and produce multiple possible futures via climate projection models, thus opening various possibilities for acting on those futures. At the same time, these possible futures are heavily shaped by donors acting as advocates behind the scenes, particularly through the selective funding of scientific studies. In this context, private foundations have played a significant role in the production of policy-driven science that simultaneously models, and produces, particular population and climate futures.

Keywords:   Science, Projections, Futures, Anticipation, Donor advocacy, Foundations

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