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Principles for knowledge co-production in sustainability research

Norstrom, AV, Cvitanovic, C ORCID: 0000-0002-2565-3396, Lof, MF, West, S, Wyborn, C, Balvanera, P, Bednarek, AT, Bennett, EM, Biggs, R, de Bremond, A, Campbell, BM, Canadell, JG, Carpenter, SR, Folke, C, Fulton, EA, Gaffney, O, Gelcich, S, Jouffray, JB, Leach, M, Le Tissier, M, Martin-Lopez, B, Louder, E, Loutre, MF, Meadow, AM, Nagendra, H, Payne, D, Peterson, GD, Reyers, B, Scholes, R, Speranza, CI, Spierenburg, M, Stafford-Smith, M, Tengo, M, van der Hel, S, van Putten, I and Osterblom, H 2020 , 'Principles for knowledge co-production in sustainability research' , Nature Sustainability, vol. 3, no. 3 , pp. 182-190 , doi: 10.1038/s41893-019-0448-2.

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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.

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Authors/Creators: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
Keywords: co-production, interdisciplinary, sustainability
Journal or Publication Title: Nature Sustainability
Publisher: Nature Publishing Group
ISSN: 2398-9629
DOI / ID Number: 10.1038/s41893-019-0448-2
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