Environmental researchers can increase their influence on policy by increasing their outreach, according to researchers. Consulting with greater numbers of stakeholders during the research process increases how legitimate researchers are seen, regardless of how knowledgeable they are perceived as.

Lead author Stephen Posner of the University of Vermont said “our results suggest that decision-makers are unlikely to listen without meaningful engagement of them and various stakeholders.”

Original research paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science on February 1, 2015.

Names and affiliations of selected authors

Stephen M. Posner, Gund Institute for Ecological Economics, University of Vermont, Vermont, U.S.A.