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On the other end of research: Two cases of knowledge exchange in small-scale fisheries in Zanzibar, Tanzania
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Stockholm Resilience Centre.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 40 credits / 60 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Sustainability science has recently adopted a more action-oriented approach in addition to purely increasing knowledge. It is argued that mobilising more and better knowledge is needed for sustaining human wellbeing and promoting sustainable development. There is an increasing recognition of knowledge exchange (KE) as a key factor to enhance social, environmental and economic impacts of research. KE in the context of marine resource management has mostly been studied in relation to the science-policy interface in the Global North. To expand understanding of science-society interactions within sustainability science, this thesis adopts an explorative approach and studies two cases of KE between external researchers and local stakeholders in small-scale fisheries in Zanzibar, Tanzania, with a particular focus on community-level encounters. First, the context of these encounters is explored through flows of benefits and patterns of interactions between researchers and local stakeholders. Second, experiences of actors engaged in KE are studied. The thesis concludes that as KE is a complex and dynamic process, i) history and relationships between actors shape the outcomes of KE, ii) knowledge-based outcomes of KE are complex and unpredictable as different actors create their own meaning from shared information, and iii) KE includes other than knowledge-based outcomes as multiple incentives of different actors shape KE and how it is experienced.

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2018.
Keywords [en]
knowledge exchange, science-society interaction, knowledge systems, small-scale fisheries, Zanzibar
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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-157465OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-157465DiVA, id: diva2:1221516
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Available from: 2018-06-20 Created: 2018-06-20 Last updated: 2018-06-20Bibliographically approved

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