Organisational influence on the co-production of fire science: overcoming challenges and realising opportunities

Evora Glenn, Laurie Yung, Carina Wyborn, Daniel R. Williams

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Addressing the challenges of wildland fire requires that fire science be relevant to management and integrated into management decisions. Co-production is often touted as a process that can increase the utility of science for management, by involving scientists and managers in knowledge creation and problem solving. Despite the documented benefits of co-production, these efforts face a number of institutional barriers. Further research is needed on how to institutionalise support and incentivise co-production. To better understand how research organisations enable and constrain co-production, this study examined seven co-produced wildland fire projects associated with the US Department of Agriculture Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station (RMRS), through in-depth interviews with scientists, managers and community members. Results provide insights into how organisational structures and cultures influence the co-production of fire science. Research organisations like RMRS may be able to institutionalise co-production by adjusting the way they incentivise and evaluate researchers, increasing investment in science delivery and scientific personnel overall, and supplying long-term funding to support time-intensive collaborations. These sorts of structural changes could help transform the culture of fire science so that coproduction is valued alongside more conventional scientific activities and products.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)435-448
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Wildland Fire
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2022


  • actionable science
  • co-production
  • collaboration
  • research organisations
  • science-management interface
  • science-policy interface
  • translation
  • wildfire social science
  • wildland fire


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