Jasper Montana

Jasper Montana
University of Oxford | OX · School of Geography and the Environment

BSc, MSc, PhD

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Introduction
Jasper Montana is an interdisciplinary researcher working on environment and society. His research focuses on science and policy relations, the geographies of science and expertise, and environmental governance, with a specialisation on biodiversity and nature. Jasper's research sits within a broad range of scholarly traditions, including political ecology, science and technology studies, sustainability science, organisational studies, and the interdisciplinary environmental sciences.
Additional affiliations
August 2015 - December 2015
Harvard University
Position
  • Fellow
October 2013 - March 2017
University of Cambridge
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  • PhD Student
October 2012 - September 2013
University College London
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  • Master's Student

Publications

Publications (26)
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Co-production, the collaborative weaving of research and practice by diverse societal actors, is argued to play an important role in sustainability transformations. Yet, there is still poor understanding of how to navigate the tensions that emerge in these processes. Through analyzing 32 initiatives worldwide that co-produced knowledge and action t...
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Global environmental assessments are widely considered to play a prominent role in environmental governance. However, they are also criticised for a lack of effectiveness in informing policy and decision-making. In response, GEAs have adopted a number of strategies to bolster their effectiveness, including by orienting themselves towards solutions...
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The promise of co-production to address complex sustainability challenges is compelling. Yet, co-production, the collaborative weaving of research and practice, encompasses diverse aims, terminologies and practices, with poor clarity over their implications. To explore this diversity, we systematically mapped differences in how 32 initiatives from...
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The inclusion of diverse perspectives from different disciplines, genders and locations has become a foreground concern in environmental expertise. While inclusion is increasingly accounted for in the design and evaluation of expert organisations, questions remain about the extent to which the pursuit of inclusion equates to effective participation...
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Background: Continued growth of the evidence and policy field has prompted calls to consolidate findings in pursuit of a more holistic understanding of theory and practice. Aims and objectives: The aim of this paper is to develop and explore an analytical typology that offers a way to consider the heterogeneity of different actors in UK evidence a...
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Decades of research and policy interventions on biodiversity have insufficiently addressed the dual issues of biodiversity degradation and social justice. New approaches are therefore needed. This essay outlines a research and action agenda that calls for a collective task of ‘revisiting biodiversity’ towards the goal of sustaining diverse and just...
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This paper interrogates the parallel goals of global environmental assessments (GEAs) to be both authoritative and meaningful sources of environmental expertise. It explores authority and meaning as distinct ‘organisational logics’ that guide the development of GEAs. Through the case of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity...
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Despite decades of research, biodiversity continues to deteriorate. We argue that improving reflexivity is a powerful means to reconcile conservation science with the concerns of the diverse communities that depend upon and care about the natural world. The concept of reflexivity has diverse meanings across scholarly traditions (Boström et al. 2017...
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Biodiversity research is replete with scientific studies depicting future trajectories of decline that have failed to mobilize transformative change. Imagination and creativity can foster new ways to address longstanding problems to create better futures for people and the planet.
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Life on Earth is facing severe challenges. Human action is leading to a deterioration in natural resources and ecosystems, and widespread declines in populations of wild species. This presents an existential threat to humanity by undermining the capacity of biodiversity to support human well-being. The Biodiversity Revisited research and action age...
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What has gone wrong with nature conservation and how do we bring about transformative change to create a more sustainable future? Which types of knowledge, ethics, principles and actions are needed to reverse the decline of biodiversity? And given the urgency to act, how can we harness them to sustain a just and diverse future for life on Earth? T...
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Opening up knowledge–action systems to a wider range of disciplinary and societal actors is considered to be a necessary step in achieving transformative change for sustainability. In science for sustainability, there is a growing body of experience and literature of putting this ‘co-production’ into action. However, there is an opportunity to stre...
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Conservation researchers are increasingly drawing on a wide range of philosophies, methods and values to examine conservation problems. Here we adopt methods from social psychology to develop a questionnaire with the dual purpose of illuminating diversity within conservation research communities and providing a tool for use in cross-disciplinary di...
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Co-production has become a cornerstone of research within the sustainability sciences, motivating collaborations of diverse actors to conduct research in the service of societal and policy change. This review examines theoretical and empirical literature from sustainability science, public administration, and science and technology studies (STS) wi...
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As the UK renegotiates its relationships with Europe and the world, science and technology lie at the centre of a complex set of questions about governance, regulation, innovation and interdependence. By looking back over the past decade of experience with emerging science and technologies, we can draw important lessons, and use these to guide us a...
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Disagreements over the values of biodiversity are not a problem caused by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) — nor are they a threat to its success (see Nature 560, 409; 2018). Such debates are grist to the mill of innovation for environmental governance. People value the natural world in d...
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Socio-scientific issues present a great challenge to science educators that are charged with equipping students—as future adult citizens—with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to understand and respond to them. These issues, such as climate change and over-exploitation of resources, are increasingly prominent in our lives. Complex socio-scientifi...
Technical Report
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On 17 to 19th October 2017, twenty-four academics and practitioners with diverse inter- and transdisciplinary experiences gathered for a workshop to collectively reflect on IPBES’ work and performance. The workshop was held at the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) in Leipzig. The workshop and this report represent an effort...
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Research synthesis is the integration of existing knowledge and research findings pertinent to an issue. The aim of synthesis is to increase the generality and applicability of those findings and to develop new knowledge through the process of integration. Synthesis is promoted as an approach that deals with the challenge of 'information overload’,...
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The need for interdisciplinary expert groups from different regions of the world to be involved in the fields of sustainability science and environmental change research is increasingly recognised. The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IBPES) was established in 2012 as a science-policy interface and has gone beyond...
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How can a diversity of perspectives be accommodated in scientific and political consensus on environmental issues? This paper adopts a science and technology studies (STS) approach to examine how the pursuit of consensus-based knowledge and diverse participation, as seemingly contradictory commitments, have been converted into practice in the Inter...
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The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) is an expert institution expected to transform the governance of biodiversity and ecosystem services. IPBES expands on previous initiatives and positions itself as a knowledge-policy interface open to different ways of knowing biodiversity. In this contribution, we analyz...
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The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) is an international knowledge institution established through the United Nations system. Mandated to “strengthen the science-policy interface for biodiversity and ecosystem services”, IPBES has a detailed set of intergovernmentally agreed functions, structures and process...
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Cephalopods are often celebrated as masters of camouflage, but their exploitation of the soft-sediment habitats that dominate the ocean floor has demanded other anti-predator strategies. Previous research has identified a small number of cephalopods capable of burying into sand and mud, but the need to directly access the water column for respirati...

Projects

Projects (3)
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To explore and reflect upon the how, what and why of biodiversity research and conservation science.
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To critically examine the workings and intentions of IPBES in global biodiversity governance.
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What are the opportunities and challenges for bringing (interdisciplinary, international, and intercultural) diversity into environmental knowledge and policy? Initially centred on the case study of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), this project is interested in a wide range of emerging experiments in the form of norms, standards and institutions.