Sustainability research paper

fig copro paper jan 20PAGES is involved in a new paper, released today in Nature Sustainability, which proposes a set of four general principles that underlie high-quality knowledge co-production for sustainability research.

"Principles for knowledge co-production in sustainability research" by Albert Norström et al. is a collaborative effort originally organized by Future Earth and its Global Research Projects, of which PAGES is one. PAGES Executive Director Marie-France Loutre is a co-author.

Definitions of knowledge co-production are diverse and often contradictory. The paper's authors define it as "iterative and collaborative processes involving diverse types of expertise, knowledge, and actors to produce context-specific knowledge and pathways towards a sustainable future."

Principle 1 is "Context-based". The process should be grounded in an understanding of how a challenge emerged, how it is affected by its particular social, economic, political, and ecological contexts, and the different beliefs and needs of those affected by it.

Principle 2 is "Pluralistic". The process should explicitly recognize a range of perspectives, knowledge, and expertise and consider gender, ethnicity, and age in development.

Principle 3 is "Goal-oriented". The process should articulate clearly defined, shared and meaningful goals that are related to the challenge at hand.

Principle 4 is "Interactive". High-quality co-production requires frequent interactions among participants to occur throughout the process, extending from collaboratively framing and designing the research agenda, to conducting the research, and jointly using and disseminating the knowledge generated.

Using these principles, authors offer practical guidance on how to engage in meaningful co-productive practices & evaluate their quality and success. They identify key advances for ensuring that knowledge co-production can help confront sustainability challenges of the Anthropocene.

Access the paper here.

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