Co-production of sustainable land systems
Mapping exercise in Jhalokhati, Bangladesh. Photo by Sarah Castine / Worldfish on Flickr

Co-production of Sustainable Land Systems

Short Description

Land systems lie at the intersection of diverse and sometimes contradictory sustainability claims. Thus, within the land policy and land science community alike, there is growing recognition that the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) may translate into competing claims on scarce land resources. Therefore, science-policy-society interfaces are needed to co-design and co-produce innovative approaches towards sustainable land systems, to navigate trade-offs among competing development claims, and, ultimately, to achieve the SDGs.

Goals and Objectives

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.

The main goal of the WG is to foster the adoption and multiplication of co-production of social-ecological knowledge within the GLP community, to enhance its relevance for the solving of pressing land sustainability concerns. This main goal will be addressed through the following specific objectives:

  1. Establishing a community of practice among GLP scientists from diverse disciplines by facilitating exchange of experience in the co-production of sustainable land systems. GLP researchers will share their experiences of their daily practice (learning pathways) with other researchers working with co-production approaches. This objective will mainly be pursued by liaising among GLP researchers, availing information in the form of E-news, newsletters, and through learning events.
  2. Methodological guidance for transdisciplinary approaches in land system science. The WG will organise webinars aiming to enhance the capacity of researchers in transdisciplinary methods. It will also produce syntheses helping to better understand processes of co-production of knowledge in land system science. Such syntheses will include analyses of specific participatory planning methods, studies on the adoption and implementation process of co-production approaches, reviews, special journal issues, as well as a white paper on current state and future needs for co-production of knowledge.
  3. Closing the gap between land science and the knowledge needs of the development and land policy communities, by acting as a brokering and liaison platform between these communities. Beyond case-by-case networking services, the working group will assess the usefulness of setting up or contributing to an interactive platform that bring together various stakeholders concerned with sustainable land systems for common agenda setting and solution finding.

GLP Themes: Land management systems

GLP Methods: Co-production and transdisciplinarity

Related Information


December 11, 2018

The GLP working group on co-production held its fourth webinar, on co-designing sustainable land systems with spatial analysis and mapping tools in the field of land-system science, in December. View a recording of the full webinar, download copies of the presentations, and more.

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November 18, 2018
Tuesday, December 4, 2018 -
2:00pm to 3:30pm

The GLP working group on co-production is pleased to invite you to the fourth webinar of the webinar series on co-production in the field of land-system science. The webinar is open to people already engaged in co-production, as well as to newcomers to the topic, who are not currently engaged in this exciting work. The webinar will focus on co-designing sustainable land systems with spatial analysis and mapping tools.

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November 3, 2018

The GLP working group on co-production held its third webinar, on participatory modelling, scenario building and forecasting techniques in the field of land-system science, in November. View a recording of the full webinar, download copies of the presentations, and more.

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Working Group Coordinators


Working Group Members