Scott Bremer

Massey University

Scott Bremer’s professional and academic background is broadly in environmental governance. He completed a Bachelor of Resource and Environmental Planning with Honours at Massey University in 2003, before embarking on a short four-year career as a planner in New Zealand local government.

While working at Hawke’s Bay Regional Council Scott became increasingly involved with coastal management, which inspired him in 2007 to return to academia and undertake a PhD within the field of ‘Integrated Coastal Management.’ More specifically, the PhD explored questions of how we mobilise knowledge in support of decision-making for the coast, across the so-called ‘science-policy interface’. In this way, the research drew on emerging approaches in the philosophy of science and explored how they could be reconciled within a framework of coastal management. The thesis was defended in 2012, with the title, “Exploring a ‘post-normal’ science-policy interface for Integrated Coastal Management”. The doctoral research was split between Massey University and the University of Versailles-Saint Quentin in France, permitting interesting comparisons of coastal management in Europe and New Zealand. In this way the PhD was co-funded by SYLFF, and the Eiffel Scholarship. 

Since completing his PhD, Scott has been working as a permanent researcher at the Centre for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities, at the University of Bergen in Norway. Scott also has a position at the NORCE Climate research institute in Bergen. Over the past four years Scott's research has shifted into climate adaptation governance, which has seen him writing and leading adaptation research projects in such diverse places as Bangladesh, Mali, New Zealand and Norway. Scott's work focuses on creative approaches for facilitating the co-production of climate information across scientific disciplines and social groups, especially at the local scale in places where people live. This work is recognised as cutting edge, with WIREs Climate Change showcasing a recent article in their newsletter, and in 2019 it culminated in Scott being awarded a prestigious ERC Starting Grant for a project looking at how communities represent the changing seasons in the context of rapid climatic and other change.  Scott also works in an advisory capacity, as an external advisor to the Norwegian Climate Service Centre and as a national expert at the European Expert Workshop on Social Sciences and Humanities in Climate Services Research, run by JPI Climate for example. Scott has recently drawn some media attention in Norway for co-leading a 'Citizen Science' initiative, where citizens assemble and set up their own weather stations in their gardens, to measure local climate variability.

Scott can be contacted via his University of Bergen profile.