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Research Forum as a model for co-production of knowledge

Chapter in book
Authors Mirek Dymitrow
Karin Ingelhag
Published in In: Hemström, K., Simon, D., Palmer, H., Perry, B. and Polk, M. (eds.), "Knowledge co-production: A practical guide based on joint experiences"
Publisher Practical Action
Place of publication Rugby, UK
Publication year 2020
Published at Department of Economy and Society, Unit for Human Geography
Mistra Urban Futures
Language en
Keywords research forum, transdisciplinary research, co-production, academics, practitioners
Subject categories Human Geography, Theory of science, Public Administration Studies, Research policy

Abstract

Collaborations based on academic–practitioner interactions are not always as straightforward as presented in commonplace transdisciplinary theory. This chapter provides the most important insights from past and ongoing work from a sustainability project that uses the ‘Research Forum’ (RF) as a new a means of co-producing transdisciplinary knowledge. The findings center on four of the most common modes of interaction encountered during our work with the RF: academics to practitioners (A > P); practitioners to academics (A < P); academics with practitioners (A >< P); and academics without practitioners (A | P). As such, the RF a method helps better grasp the complexity of transdisciplinary interaction using the principle of separation between the different forms of actor configurations that may arise. We conclude that the specificity of different forms of knowledge cannot me melted into an amorphous mass, elsewise co-production is likely to become a tokenistic effort of little applicatory utility. Put simply, we must constantly remain open to change but also stay protective of knowledge that works without reinvigoration.

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