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Engaging cooperative research

Hincliffe, Steve; Levidow, Les and Oreszczyn, Sue (2014). Engaging cooperative research. Environment and Planning A, 46(9) pp. 2080–2094.

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Cooperative research involves upstream engagement of practitioners, introducing diverse knowledges and expertise in ways that can, in theory at least, generate new knowledge that is socially robust and publicly accountable. And yet, judging cooperative research solely in terms of accountability may underplay the transformative and nonaccountable/nonconvergent nature of research—the production, in other words, of the new when collectives are drawn together. Using examples from research that sought to provide environmental civil society organisations (CSOs) with the resources to shape cooperative research, this paper argues that cooperative research may not simply mark an extension of public engagement with science but can also seed an anticipatory and thus creative research process. For cooperative research to play this role there is a need to highlight the human and nonhuman attachments that underpin cooperative research activity. We argue that such activity might best have as its aim the empowerment, not simply of participants, but of the political situations that CSOs can help to foment.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2014 Pion and its Licensors
ISSN: 1472-3409
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Cooperative Research on Environmental Problems in Europe217647, 2008-210European Community's Seventh Framework Programme
Keywords: cooperative research; public engagement; knowledge practices; knowledge economy; Europe
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies > Development
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Engineering and Innovation
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Research Group: Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
International Development & Inclusive Innovation
Item ID: 41037
Depositing User: Sue Oreszczyn
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2014 12:11
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2019 08:46
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