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Co-producing sustainability: reordering the governance of science, policy, and practice


Wyborn, C and Datta, A and Montana, J and Ryan, M and Leith, P and Chaffin, B and Miller, C and van Kerkhoff, L, Co-producing sustainability: reordering the governance of science, policy, and practice, Annual Review of Environment and Resources, 44, (1) pp. 3.1-3.28. ISSN 1543-5938 (2019) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1146/annurev-environ-101718-033103


Co-production has become a cornerstone of research within the sustainability sciences, motivating collaborations of diverse actors to conduct research in the service of societal and policy change. This review examines theoretical and empirical literature from sustainability science, public administration, and science and technology studies (STS) with the intention of advancing the theory and practice of co-production within sustainability science. We argue that co-production must go beyond stakeholder engagement by scientists to the more deliberate design of societal transitions. Co-production can contribute to such transitions by shifting the institutional arrangements that govern relationships between knowledge and power, science and society, and state and citizens. We highlight critical weaknesses in conceptualizations of co-production within sustainability sciences with respect to power, politics, and governance. We offer suggestions for how this can be rectified through deeper engagement with public administration and STS to offer a broad vision for enhancing the use, design, and practice of a more reflexive co-production in sustainability science.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:co-production, sustainability, science policy interface, governance, institutions, power, knowledge systems, conservation
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Sociology and social studies of science and technology
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Environmental policy, legislation and standards
Objective Field:Environmental policy, legislation and standards not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Leith, P (Dr Peat Leith)
ID Code:134881
Year Published:2019
Web of Science® Times Cited:99
Deposited By:TIA - Research Institute
Deposited On:2019-09-11
Last Modified:2020-04-01

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