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Principles for knowledge co-production in sustainability research


Norstrom, AV and Cvitanovic, C and Lof, MF and West, S and Wyborn, C and Balvanera, P and Bednarek, AT and Bennett, EM and Biggs, R and de Bremond, A and Campbell, BM and Canadell, JG and Carpenter, SR and Folke, C and Fulton, EA and Gaffney, O and Gelcich, S and Jouffray, JB and Leach, M and Le Tissier, M and Martin-Lopez, B and Louder, E and Loutre, MF and Meadow, AM and Nagendra, H and Payne, D and Peterson, GD and Reyers, B and Scholes, R and Speranza, CI and Spierenburg, M and Stafford-Smith, M and Tengo, M and van der Hel, S and van Putten, I and Osterblom, H, Principles for knowledge co-production in sustainability research, Nature Sustainability, 3, (3) pp. 182-190. ISSN 2398-9629 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1038/s41893-019-0448-2


Research practice, funding agencies and global science organizations suggest that research aimed at addressing sustainability challenges is most effective when ‘co-produced’ by academics and non-academics. Co-production promises to address the complex nature of contemporary sustainability challenges better than more traditional scientific approaches. But definitions of knowledge co-production are diverse and often contradictory. We propose a set of four general principles that underlie high-quality knowledge co-production for sustainability research. Using these principles, we offer practical guidance on how to engage in meaningful co-productive practices, and how to evaluate their quality and success.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:co-production, interdisciplinary, sustainability
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Environmental management not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Other environmental management
Objective Field:Other environmental management not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Cvitanovic, C (Dr Christopher Cvitanovic)
UTAS Author:Fulton, EA (Dr Elizabeth Fulton)
UTAS Author:van Putten, I (Dr Ingrid Van Putten)
ID Code:143229
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:357
Deposited By:Ecology and Biodiversity
Deposited On:2021-03-06
Last Modified:2021-09-14

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