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Stories in social-­ecological knowledge co­-creation
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Stockholm Resilience Centre.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3572-9275
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Stockholm Resilience Centre.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Stockholm Resilience Centre.
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2018 (English)In: Ecology & society, ISSN 1708-3087, E-ISSN 1708-3087, Vol. 23, no 1, article id 23Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Transformations in social-ecological systems to overturn poverty and ecosystem degradation require approaches to knowledge synthesis that are inclusive and open to creative innovation. In this paper we draw on interviews with participants and in-depth process observation of an iterative knowledge co-creation process in Kenya and Mozambique that brought together scientists, community representatives, government representatives and practitioners with expertise or experience of poverty and/or coastal natural resource use and management. We analyze the communicative spaces opened by techniques of system diagrams and future scenarios and provide a rich account of the emergent process of developing a “shared conceptual repertoire” as a basis for effective communication and knowledge synthesis. Our results highlight the difficulties of challenging dominant narratives and the creative potential that exists in reflecting on their underpinning assumptions. In our analysis stories and lived experiences emerged as key means shaping the construction of shared concepts and ideas. We conclude by outlining the implications for designing knowledge co-creation processes that support the task of devising systemic interventions robust to a range of future scenarios. This includes embracing the role of stories in generating shared meanings and opening up spaces for exploration of knowledge assumptions embedded in intervention narratives.

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2018. Vol. 23, no 1, article id 23
Keywords [en]
action research, coproduction, learning, Kenya, Mozambique, participatory, transdisciplinarity, transformations
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Sustainability Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-152290DOI: 10.5751/ES-09932-230123ISI: 000432464800033OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-152290DiVA, id: diva2:1178657
Available from: 2018-01-30 Created: 2018-01-30 Last updated: 2018-06-25Bibliographically approved
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1. The Transformative Imagination: Re-imagining the world towards sustainability
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2018 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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A central task for sustainability science in the Anthropocene is to offer guidance on alternative pathways of change. Even though this search and implementation of pathways towards sustainability is likely to require profound social-ecological transformations, little is yet known about the individual and collective capacities needed to support such transformations. This thesis explores the connection between human imagination and sustainability transformations, and introduces the notion of the transformative imagination to support methodological innovation in sustainability sciences, and practices aiming to support transformations towards sustainability. The transformative imagination is suggested to support fundamentally new ways of seeing, feeling, encountering and envisioning the world. The thesis takes a transdisciplinary action-research approach and studies how specific participatory practices, including the arts, may foster the transformative imagination as a means to more skilfully respond to, anticipate and shape social-ecological trajectories in the Anthropocene. The four included papers, each explores how practices may support particular features of the imagination as a transformative capacity. Paper I analyses a case in coastal Kenya where participatory modelling and future scenarios are applied to foster imagination of dynamics of interdependences and trade-offs within the context of poverty alleviation and ecosystems change. Paper II explores system diagrams and scenarios as practices for the development of social-ecological narratives that may support robust interventions in coastal Kenya and Mozambique. Paper III implements, and studies how an art-based approach based on performances, visual methods and an art installation, could support transformative visions of the Iberian Peninsula in the context of extreme climate change. Paper IV is a literature review of the potential contributions of the arts to transformations, in the context of climate change. These papers focus on different features of imagination, which under certain circumstances may progressively develop into societal transformative capacities with the potential to re-structure current social-ecological realities. Overall, this thesis is a step towards forging new kinds of reflexive, imaginative and deliberative practices that can support the emergence of local arrangements of a sustainable world where life can carry on.

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Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University, 2018
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ways of knowing, transformations, complexity, futures, practice, transdisciplinarity, creativity, art-based, embodied meaning, action-research, science-policy
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Other Social Sciences
Research subject
Sustainability Science
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urn:nbn:se:su:diva-152294 (URN)978-91-7797-137-5 (ISBN)978-91-7797-138-2 (ISBN)
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2018-03-15, Vivi Täckholmsalen (Q-Salen), NPQ-Huset, Svante Arrhenius väg 20, Stockholm, 10:00 (English)
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At the time of the doctoral defense, the following paper was unpublished and had a status as follows: Paper 3: Submitted.

Available from: 2018-02-20 Created: 2018-01-30 Last updated: 2018-06-25Bibliographically approved

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