The disparity between the technical knowledge and expertise needed to solve environmental, social, and behavioral problems, especially those created by modern industrial civilization, and the knowledge and expertise that currently exist. A variation on the theme is the gap between the knowledge and expertise that are readily available in rich industrial nations and those that are accessible and available to people in low-income countries, where they are needed and would materially enhance life quality and survival chances. The term was coined by the Canadian political scientist Thomas Homer-Dixon (b. 1956). See also capacity building.
Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.