A new paradigm is emerging that moves beyond interdisciplinarity (across disciplines) and transdisciplinarity (across knowledge systems). The concept of ‘knowledge co-production’ is nourished by the recognition that, in the face of global change, existing knowledge and conventional approaches will not suffice. To reflect on and further develop this novel approach, a series of international expert meetings are being organized within the framework of the BRISK project.
A first international event entitled Global Change in the Arctic and Co-production of Knowledge was organized by UNESCO, the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), from 27-29 September 2012, at the National Museum of Natural History in Paris. From this event, an ad hoc and open-ended group was established, involving circumpolar indigenous peoples and natural and social scientists, with the purpose of advancing innovative tools and methods, and engaging in activities that bridge across knowledge systems, disciplines, actors, networks and institutions. The initial Statement on knowledge co-production from the Paris workshop can be found here.
A second international workshop entitled Roles of traditional knowledge in governance of natural resources in the high-north with cases from reindeer husbandry and other indigenous societies was organized by UNESCO and CNRS with the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry and the Sami University College, from 25 to 27 March 2014, in Kautokeino, Norway.
Additional international events and virtual discussions are in planning to continue to develop the knowledge co-production paradigm.
By Douglas Nakashima
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