Science Communication and Social LCA: Can the twain meet? Initial findings from an Oatly study
Paper in proceedings, 2020

This contribution aims to propose a possible integration of science communication debates, on deficit, dialogue and participation between different actors, experts and non-experts, in the study of social LCA. The purpose of such an integration stems from the understanding that through the product chain, there are a wide variety of actors that enable the material product to "flow" and that are working with scientific and sustainability-relevant information. This abstract first discusses the key arguments that evolved in science communication debates especially in the last decades leading up to the more recent deliberations on participation, and then proposes reasons why it could be worthwhile to combine these arguments in the growing literature on social LCA. It uses Oatly, the Swedish oat milk company, and the types of communication in its product chain, as the case study to argue the relevance of science communication scholarly frameworks in social LCA.

product chains​

Life Cycle Assessment

science communication

Social sustainability


Anwesha Chakraborty

University of Bologna

Henrikke Baumann

Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Environmental Systems Analysis

Martin Hultman

Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Science, Technology and Society

Collection FruiTrop Thema Social LCA

2426-9654 (ISSN)

Vol. 5 206-209

7th international conference on Social Life Cycle Assessment
Göteborg, Sweden,

Driving Forces

Sustainable development

Subject Categories

Social Sciences Interdisciplinary

Food Engineering

Business Administration

Communication Studies

Environmental Sciences

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