Country-specific factors that compel South African scientists to engage with public audiences
CITATION: Joubert, M. 2018. Country-specific factors that compel South African scientists to engage with public audiences. Journal of Science Communication, 17(4):C04, doi:10.22323/2.17040304.
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A study in South Africa shed light on a set of factors, specific to this country, that compel South African scientists towards public engagement. It highlights the importance of history, politics, culture and socio-economic conditions in influencing scientists' willingness to engage with lay audiences. These factors have largely been overlooked in studies of scientists' public communication behaviours.