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Clustering and assemblage building

Chapter in book
Authors Henrietta Palmer
Erica Righard
Nils Björling
Eva Maria Jernsand
Helena Kraff
Lillian Omondi
Published in Comparative Urban Research from Theory to Practice: Co-production for Sustainability
Pages 89-112
ISBN 978-1447353126
Publisher Policy Press
Place of publication Bristol, UK
Publication year 2020
Published at HDK­-Valand - Academy of Art and Design
Centre for Tourism
Department of Business Administration, Marketing Group
Mistra Urban Futures
Pages 89-112
Language en
Links https://policy.bristoluniversitypre...
Keywords knowledge production, urban development, migration, assemblage theory, methodology for knowledge exchange, transdisciplinary projects, clustering
Subject categories Social Work, Architecture, Civil Engineering, Design, Business Administration


This chapter describes comparative knowledge production by way of bringing together already existing research financed by other means and local development projects within a defined area of research and intervention. The projects were all dealing with migration but based in different urban contexts, and they were brought together in a systematic way we call clustering. This methodology was developed through a joint venture of comparative knowledge production involving researchers, practitioners and civil society actors. Clustering represents a method for comparison and knowledge production across discrete research and development projects within a joint field or theme, but based in dissimilar societal contexts. Inspired by assemblage theory, relevant key questions were identified to guide the comparative work. This approach enabled participants to exchange and discuss experiences, build new knowledge and elaborate potentials across projects and localities without full understanding of the often very different background, context and dynamic of each project. The contribution lies primarily in the chapter's presentation of a methodology for knowledge exchange and building in transdisciplinary and translocal setting, without a budget to fund a rigorous and systematic comparison on the empirical level.

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