The challenges of transdisciplinary knowledge production: from unilocal to comparative research
Journal article, 2018

This reflective paper surveys the lessons learnt and challenges faced by the Mistra Urban Futures (MUF) research centre and its research platforms in Sweden, the UK, South Africa and Kenya in developing and deploying different forms of transdisciplinary co-production of knowledge. Considerable experience with a distinctive portfolio of such methods has been gained and reflective evaluation is now under way. While it is important to understand the local context within which each method has evolved, we seek to explain the potential for adaptation in diverse contexts so that such knowledge co-production methods can be more widely utilized. Furthermore, the current phase of MUF’s work is undertaking innovative comparative transdisciplinary co-production research across its research platforms. Since the specific local projects differ, systematic thematic comparison requires great care and methodological rigour. Transdisciplinary co-production is inherently complex, time consuming and often unpredictable in terms of outcomes, and these challenges are intensified when it is undertaken comparatively.

transdisciplinary urban co-production

comparative urban research

Mistra Urban Futures

transdisciplinarity

co-production

Author

David Simon

Mistra Urban Futures

Henrietta Palmer

Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Urban Design and Planning

Jan Riise

Mistra Urban Futures

Warren Smit

University of Cape Town

Mistra Urban Futures, Cape Town

Sandra Valencia

Mistra Urban Futures

Environment and Urbanization

0956-2478 (ISSN)

Vol. 30 2 481-500

Subject Categories

Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics

Social Sciences Interdisciplinary

Environmental Management

DOI

10.1177/0956247818787177

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Latest update

12/10/2018