Canadian environmental scientists experience interference when conducting, communicating work: Study


In an article for The Conversation, Alana Westwood (Dalhousie University), Manjulika E Robertson (Dal), Samantha M Chu (Dal), and Nada Salem discuss environmental scientists’ experiences with interference. The authors explain that interference—refers to intentional, unfair restrictions on a scientist’s ability conduct their work—can affect a researcher’s mental health and career satisfaction and disrupt the flow of information to support decision-making and policies. In a survey conducted by the authors, 92% of Canadian environmental researchers said that they had experienced interference. The survey additionally found that researchers who already experienced marginalization faced worse outcomes. To overcome this interference, the authors advise employer institutions to implement and uphold scientific integrity policies and create better supports for early career researchers and those from marginalized backgrounds.

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