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Land is a critical nexus for advancing the United Nation's 2030 Agenda, as its management is affecting the delivery of most Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This is because land lies at the intersection of diverse and potentially conflicting claims concerning societies' sustainable development needs. These claims might be bound to a specific context, but in today's interconnected world, they are increasingly linked to complex multi-scale, cross-scale, and telecoupled processes that exacerbate the risk of inequality and marginalisation. Owing to this complexity, navigating competing claims on land in an equitable way necessitates approaches that help address multi-faceted real-world problems. Transdisciplinary and transformative research approaches go beyond interdisciplinarity by transcending traditional disciplinary boundaries and co-producing knowledge with multiple stakeholders. They have been proposed as a mechanism to understand sustainability challenges, define common sustainable development targets and identify most promising pathways towards these targets.
GLP understands as co-design the joint formulation of research questions, objectives and methods involving science and society. Co-production of knowledge means the generation of “new knowledge involving both academics and non-academics in a strongly interactive way, so that the research process requires forms of knowledge and expertise that cannot be supplied by the researchers alone” (Robinson and Tansey 2006). We will use thereafter in the text “co-production” meaning both co-design as well as co-production. This Working Group aims to foster the exchange, critical reflection, adoption and multiplication of co-production approaches within the GLP community and beyond.
The main goal of the WG is to foster the the exchange, critical reflection, adoption and multiplication of co-production approaches within the GLP community and beyond, to enhance its relevance for the solving of pressing land sustainability concerns. Building on the results and learnings of the first phase, the following specific objectives will be addressed:
The GLP Science Plan 2016-2021 calls land system scientists to respond to the knowledge needs from policy, practice, and society by enhancing co-design, co-production, and dissemination of social-ecological knowledge to promote sustainability and resilience. The WG responds to this call for more transformative research by encouraging the GLP community to engage in co-production in the daily practice of research. By linking up scientists with practitioners, we hope to help closing the gap between scientific production and land related knowledge requirements, thus enhancing the relevance of GLP as a transformative agent. By availing opportunities for the exchange of experiences and the development of transdisciplinary capacities of interested scientists, we hope to build up a strong community of practice that will be able to convey land system science outputs into relevant societal processes.
The working group will be open to all GLP researchers and seeks to build on the wealth of knowledge and experience already available within the network, as well as to support those members who are newer to co-production approaches and who seek to learn more. Membership in the working group is open. Participation in some specific events (e.g. webinars and workshops) will depend on availability of funds and may be restricted to a limited number.
To assess the interest of the GLP community in such a WG, a survey was launched in October 2017 among a selected sub-group of the GLP community who had listed co-production as one of their thematic priorities in their profile on the GLP website. Out of 218 contacted researchers 78 (35.8%) responded and voiced a very strong interest in participating in the working group and in specific activities that were listed as options in the survey. The results are summarised here.
GLP Methods: Co-production and transdisciplinarity
The GLP Working Group on Co-Production of Sustainable Land Systems invites to it's second networking event to foster exchange, critical reflection, adoption, and multiplication of co-production approaches.
The GLP Working Group on Co-Production of Sustainable Land Systems invites all GLP members to a networking event to foster exchange, critical reflection, adoption, and multiplication of co-production approaches. This event is the first of a series where interested scientists can meet, get to know each other, and exchange ideas. In addition, potential topics of particular and mutual interest will be jointly identified which will be addressed and deepened in subsequent events through invited expert lectures.
Webinar 1: Setting the stage (June 2018)
Webinar 2: Adaptive landscape approaches using role-playing games (October 2018)
Webinar 3: Participatory modelling, scenario building and forecasting techniques in land system science (November 2018)
Webinar 4: Co-designing sustainable land systems with spatial analysis and mapping tools (December 2018)
Webinar 5: Ethical and contextual considerations in knowledge co-production; and lessons learned from the webinar series (March 2019)