Scott Ronald Bremer
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I am a senior researcher at the Centre for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities, UiB.
My background is broadly in environmental governance, with most of my work on integrated coastal governance, and more recently, place-based climate adaptation. I'm interested in how science and other knowledge systems are used to support decisions and action in institutions, including at the so-called 'science-policy interface'. A key question I'm concerned with is how people come to understand climate variability and change, in order to live with it.
My research is interdisciplinary, bringing together concepts and methods from natural resource management and environmental governance, new institutionalism, philosophy of science, anthropology and science and technology studies. I work a lot on practical approaches for co-producing actionable knowledge with different groups of people, especially guided by perspectives on ‘post-normal science’ and methods for ‘citizen science’. I also work with narrative approaches for uncovering climate in the cultures of our institutions, as an important tacit knowledge resource for supporting adaptation decisions.
Through my research I try to be active on both sides of the science-policy interface. I am a research associate at NORCE Climate, where I work closely with climate scientists in thinking about how to link their science to governance processes, including at the new 'Climate Futures' centre. I am a member of the Young Academy of Europe (associated with Academia Europaea), which provides targeted inputs to European policy.
On behalf of UiB, I'm also co-leading the Arqus Alliance Action Line Engaged European Citizenship together with Jakob Grandin at the Center for Climate and Energy Transformation (CET).
I'm currently project leader of the ERC Starting Grant CALENDARS project, and will supervise the Marie Curie Fellow Simon Meisch and the CANALS project that started in 2021.
For more on my current research interests see this interview, and click here for more on the completed TRACKS climate adaptation project in Bangladesh.
I see important overlaps between how we conduct research and how we communicate it. I'm interested in setting up creative spaces where groups can simultaneously learn from research, and contribute to it.
In the CALENDARS project, we have been asking people in Bergen to re-create the primstav - traditional calendar stick - for contemporary life in the city. We've run workshops in collaboration with Aldea atelier in 2020, and with school children at the science open day 2019.
I've been active in facilitating citizen science initiatives in Bangladesh and Bergen, and for me these are exercises for learning through doing research.
I'm also interested in what we can learn from, and teach, through narratives. For the past five years I have been using film as a research method for communicating narratives and stimulating discussion. See e.g.:
Films about climate in Sylhet, Bangladesh - from February 2016.
‘Aquaculture: Whose sustainability?’ - from November 2012
European seafood consumer preferences -from March 2012
I think it is important to have research discussed in the public sphere, publishing various articles in newspapers and trade journals.
In September 2021, I was interviewed on the BBC program Costing the Earth about how Bangladesh, and specifically Sylhet in the northeast, is adapting to climate change . The episode, called Qasa’s Farm - Building Resilience in Bangladesh, is available until 28 September 2022. We worked with communities in Sylhet in the TRACKS project from 2014-2018, in search of new ways for understanding and adapting to the climate.
I'm regularly invited to give guest lectures in courses at the University of Bergen and the Norwegian School of Economics, and I'm a lecturer at the Norwegian Research School in Environmental Humanities.
I've planned special PhD courses, like the Future Earth ‘Interdisciplinary PhD course in Marine Sustainability’ in 2017, and the PhD course on 'Co-producing climate adaptation research' in October 2019. The co-production course is planned to be an annual international fixture.
I'm currently co-leading the design and implementation of a Europe-wide course on conducting transdisciplinary research, for undergraduate and masters level students in seven different universities (circa 200 students), as part of the ARQUS alliance.
- (2022). «Beeware» workshop – kalenderendringer for birøkt på Vestlandet.
- (2022). Recognising the social functions of climate services in Bergen, Norway. Climate Services. 15 pages.
- (2022). Local representations of a changing climate. 21 pages.
- (2022). High-Quality Knowledge for Climate Adaptation: Revisiting Criteria of Credibility, Legitimacy, Salience, and Usability. Frontiers Media S.A..
- (2022). Editorial: High-Quality Knowledge for Climate Adaptation: Revisiting Criteria of Credibility, Legitimacy, Salience, and Usability. Frontiers in Climate.
- (2022). Changing climate, changing beekeeping.
- (2022). Changing beekeeping seasons in Vestland, Norway. 7 pages.
- (2022). Changing Beekeeping Seasons in Vestlandet, Norway .
- (2022). BeeWare- Sesongendringer og klimavarsling i birøkt.
- (2021). Quality Assessment in Co-developing Climate Services in Norway and the Netherlands. Frontiers in Climate. 1-15.
- (2021). Extended Peer Communities: Appraising the contributions of tacit knowledges in climate change decision-making. Futures: The journal of policy, planning and futures studies.
- (2021). Beyond rules: how institutional cultures and climate governance interact. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change (WIRESs).
- (2021). A water culture perspective for food security. 6 pages.
- (2020). The role of place-based narratives of change in climate risk governance. Climate Risk Management.
- (2020). Portrait of a climate city: How climate change is emerging as a risk in Bergen, Norway. Climate Risk Management.
- (2020). Local narratives of change as an entry point for building urban climate resilience. Climate Risk Management. 1-15.
- (2020). Grand Challenges for Climate Risk Management. Frontiers in Climate.
- (2019). ‘My new routine’: Assessing the impact of citizen science on climate adaptation in Bangladesh. Environmental Science and Policy. 1-13.
- (2019). Toward a multi-faceted conception of co-production of climate services. Climate Services. 42-50.
- (2019). Panel discussion on citizen science projects in meteorology .
- (2019). Initial Guidance Framework for Knowledge Quality Assessment in CoCliServ (CoCliServ D5.1). .
- (2018). Co-producing "post-normal" climate knowledge with communities in northeast Bangladesh. Weather, Climate, and Society. 259-268.
- (2018). An Evolving Framework for Advancing Climate Services in Norway . EOS.
- (2017). Narrative as a method for eliciting tacit knowledge of climate variability in Bangladesh. Weather, Climate, and Society. 669-686.
- (2017). Have we given up too much? On yielding climate representation to experts. Futures: The journal of policy, planning and futures studies. 72-75.
- (2017). Co-production in climate change research: reviewing different perspectives. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change (WIRESs).
- (2017). Climate research, citizen science and art in Bangladesh.
- (2017). Climate research, citizen science and art in Bangladesh.
- (2017). Assessing climatic trends of extreme rainfall indices over northeast Bangladesh. Theoretical and Applied Climatology. 1-12.
- (2017). A critical assessment of knowledge quality for climate adaptation in Sylhet Division, Bangladesh. Climate Risk Management. 43-58.
- (2016). Weaknesses in the ethical framework of aquaculture related standards. Marine Policy. 11-18.
- (2016). Sustainable aquaculture governance: challenges to participatory standard setting. 6 pages.
- (2016). Inclusive governance of aquaculture value-chains: Co-producing sustainability standards for Bangladeshi shrimp and prawns. Ocean and Coastal Management. 13-24.
- (2015). Responsible techno-innovation in aquaculture: Employing ethical engagement to explore attitudes to GM salmon in Northern Europe. Aquaculture. 370-381.
- (2015). Negotiating a place for sustainability science: Narratives from the Waikaraka Estuary in New Zealand. Environmental Science and Policy. 47-59.
- (2015). Climate change and agri-cultural knowledge: Bangladesh through a mirror and magnifying glass. 387-393. In:
- (2015). Know your food. Food ethics and innovation. Wageningen Academic Publishers.
- (2015). Challenges to Evaluating Coastal Management in the Twenty-First Century: Lessons from the Lofoten Archipelago. 20 pages.
- (2014). 'No right to rubbish': Mobilising post-normal science for planning Gisborne's wastewater outfall. Marine Policy. 22-30.
- (2013). Whose sustainability counts? Engaging with debates on the sustainability of Bangladeshi shrimp. 8 pages.
- (2013). Reflexively Mapping the Science-Policy Interface for Coastal Zones. 12 pages.
- (2013). Mobilising knowledge for coastal governance: re-framing the science-policy interface for integrated coastal management. Coastal Management. 56 pages.
- (2013). Mobilising high-quality knowledge through dialogic environmental governance: a comparison of approaches and their institutional settings. International Journal of Sustainable Development. 66-90.
- (2013). Mapping the ethical terrain of Chinese aquaculture. 18 pages.
- (2013). Framing a 'Post-Normal' Science-Policy Interface for Integrated Coastal Zone Management. 13 pages.
- (2013). Exploring the science-policy interface for Integrated Coastal Management in New Zealand. Ocean and Coastal Management. 107-118.
- (2013). Bioscience and Innovation Research: Examining the GM Animals Case with Indian Researchers Using the Ethical Matrix. Asian Biotechnology and Development Review. 1-17.
- (2012). Mapping core values and ethical principles for livelihoods in Asia. 6 pages.
More information in national current research information system (CRIStin)
Bremer, S. (2012). Framing a ‘post-normal’ science-policy interface for Integrated Coastal Zone Management. In: E. Moksness, E. Dahl, and J. Støttrup (Eds.) Global Challenges in Integrated Coastal Zone Management (pp. 179-191). Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell
Blanchard, A. & Bremer, S. (2012). Reflexively mapping the science-policy interface for coastal zones. In: E. Moksness, E. Dahl, and J. Støttrup (Eds.) Global Challenges in Integrated Coastal Zone Management (pp. 206-217). Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell
Van den Belt, M., Forgie, V., Bremer S., McDonald, G., Lennox, J., Montes de Oca, O., Joy, M., (2010). Modelling tools for adaptive integrated assessment: a case study of New Zealand regional authorities. Research Monograph Series – No. 17. Palmerston North: EERNZ
Bremer, S. (2009). Evaluating the State of New Zealand’s Coastal Management: Application of Integrated Coastal Management Indicators at National and Local Scale. Research Monograph Series – No. 16. Palmerston North: EERNZ. ISBN 978-0-9582949-3-5. ISSN 1176-7251 (print). ISSN 1179-1179 (online)
Since working as a researcher at the University of Bergen, I have worked on the following research projects:
- NFR-funded 'Climate Futures' Centre for Research-based Innovation: 2020-2028 (NORCE project)
- H2020-funded 'CONFER' project: Co-production of climate services for East Africa: 2020-2024 (NORCE project)
- Marie Curie 'CANALS' Individual Fellowship: Changing water cultures: 2021-2022
- ERC Starting Grant Project 'CALENDARS'; Co-production of seasonal representations for adaptive institutions: 2019 - 2023
- JPI ERA4CS-funded CoCliServ Project; 'Co-development of place-based climate services for action': 2017 - 2020
- NFR-funded UC4A project; 'Understanding Cultural Conditions of Climate Change Adaptation: 2015 - 2017
- NFR-funded 'TRACKS' project; Transforming Climate Knowledge with and for Society: 2014 - 2017
- EU 7th Framework SEAT Project; Sustaining Ethical Aquaculture Trade: 2011-2013
- EU 7th Framework PEGASUS Project; Public Perception of Genetically Modified Animals - Science, Utility and Society: 2010-2011
- EU 7th Framework SPICOSA Project; Science and Policy Integration for Coastal System Assessment: 2007-2011
- Doctor of Philosophy: Massey University New Zealand; "Exploring a 'post-normal' science-policy interface for Integrated Coastal Management"
- Postgraduate Certificate in Public Policy: University of Victoria, New Zealand
- Bachelor of Resource and Environmental Planning (Hons.): Massey University, New Zealand
Meeting grand challenges together: actionable knowledge through collaboration in research and innovation
The complexity and urgency of the challenges facing the world today call for new approaches and relationships in knowledge production.
The Arboretet Primstav: carving out seasonal markers
Bergen Arboretet’s gardeners and scientists sat together in a workshop in November 2022 to settle on a set of shared seasonal reference points.
Changing Water Cultures (CANALS)
The EU-funded CANALS project will investigate new ways of mobilising knowledge of water infrastructures to promote adaptive decision-making.
International scholars to Bergen to conduct EU-funded research
Six European researchers have received EU funding for research residencies at the University of Bergen through the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) programme. Four of the six grants go to research projects in collaboration with the Faculty of Humanities.
"Bio" diversity in the Arboretum
Today was my fifth Friday working at the Arboretum, assisting the gardeners and learning about the seasonal rhythms of their work.
Meet the climate challenge in new UiB course
Take on the transformative challenges of our time together with motivated students from around Europe in the new course "Facing Grand Challenges: A European research program"
Stories of climate adaptation across Europe
UiB researchers Scott Bremer and Diana Wildschut have together with Werner Krauss co-edited a special issue about narratives in the journal Climate Risk Management.
Citizen science project wins 3rd place
The project Meet je Stad (Measure your City), which has links to two UiB research projects, has been named the 3rd most sustainable Dutch initiative.
How to live with rapid seasonal change
How can we live by the rhythms of the seasons, when these rhythms seem to be changing quickly? Scott Bremer is looking at how rapid seasonal changes are affecting institutions in society and how we can re-learn and adapt to seasonal change in new ways.
Co-production of climate adaptation research
Climate change adaptation challenges defy disciplinary scientific study alone. We invite natural, social and humanities scientists to join our intensive course on co-producing climate research.
Scott Bremer and Randi J. Bertelsen receive prestigious EU grant
Scott Bremer and Randi J. Bertelsen have been awarded the prestigious ERC Starting Grant from the European Research Council.
The CALENDARS project and adapting to seasonality
The CALENDARS project aims to explore how the gardens adapt to changes in seasonality.
Making a primstav of today
As part of our local communication and engagement work, we developed a creative exercise centered on the traditional Norwegian calendar stick, the primstav.
National Science Week 2019
The CALENDARS team had a stand at the National Science Week expo (Forskningstorget) in Bergen in September.
Climate adaptation co-production course – because climate problems can't be solved alone
Erik Kolstad and Scott Bremer organise training in transdisciplinary climate adaptation research for early career researchers.
Co-development of place-based Climate Services for action (Co-Cli-Serv)
Co-Cli-Serv explores novel ways to transform climate science into action-oriented place-based climate services to engage, enable and empower local communities, knowledge brokers and scientists to act locally.
Understanding Cultural Conditions for Climate Change Adaptation
SVT organized the SAMKUL funded network Understanding Cultural Conditions for Climate Change Adaption (UC4A)
Transforming Climate Knowledge with and for Society (TRACKS)
On track with climate change
Bangladesh is one of the most vulnerable countries in the world to climate change. Scientists from UiB have worked together with communities around Sylhet, in northeast Bangladesh, in search of new ways for understanding and adapting to the climate.
Sustaining Ethical Aquaculture Trade (SEAT)
This EU-funded project, in which UiB was partner, proposed to establish an evidence-based framework to support current stakeholder dialogues organised by a third party certifier.
Ethical food trade in the spotlight
The SEAT research project wants to help consumers make more ethical choices when purchasing farmed fish products. The researchers hope this can be achieved by creating a dialogue between producers in Asia and consumers in Europe.
Public Perception of Genetically modified Animals - Science, Utility and Society (PEGASUS)
PEGASUS was an EU-funded project on genetically modified animals of which UiB was a partner.
Ethical Seafood? - Fisheries and Aquaculture at the Crossroads (ESea)
This projects sought to contribute to the issue of the ethical status of global fisheries and aquaculture, and thus it was based on the introductory question of how ethical our seafood is, or what it would mean to claim that it is ethical.
Adapting yr.no for Mali
During their agricultural season, the farmers of Mali highly rely on timely rainfall. A new collaboration project adapts the weather service yr.no for the rainy season in Mali.
Climate Imaginaries: Feminist and Queer Perspectives on Thinking Climate Change
The course “Climate Imaginaries: Feminist and Queer Perspectives on Thinking Climate Change” offers an interdisciplinary investigation of how we imagine climate change in contemporary times.