Better Together: Knowledge Co-Production to Address Sustainability Challenges

Another paper co-authored by members of the SES group at Leuphana


From biodiversity loss to food security issues, finding solutions for the challenges we face in the Anthropocene requires working with multiple groups of people. The co-production of knowledge through the collaboration of academics and non-academics has proven to be an effective way to generate new insights and ideas to address sustainability challenges. In a recent paper published in Nature Sustainability, an international team of 36 sustainability scientists reflect on the use of knowledge co-production in sustainability research and present four principles for high-quality knowledge co-production in sustainability research. 

Co-producing knowledge is not a new concept. Over the past 40 years, different forms of knowledge co-production have become more and more prominent. For example,  problem-oriented participatory and transdisciplinary research approaches have emerged as a response to current environmental challenges. Today, a shift towards knowledge co-production is increasingly seen as a possibility to foster sustainable futures. However, to date, the term knowledge…

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