Re-embedding scientific development in the realities of local communities: Reflexive experiments in upstream engagement towards sustainability

Jonas Egmose Mortensen, Malcolm Eames, Kurt Aagaard Nielsen

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    Abstract

    As the effects of climate change is becoming increasingly visible scientific and technological development is often seen as a key component in political action towards future sustainability. Historically, however, it is not evident that science and technology per se lead to sustainable solutions. To address this aspect of the challenge of sustainable development, this paper examines whether new approaches to upstream engagement in science and technology can further knowledge channels between academia and local communities, which can inspire more contextualised modes of knowledge production. Building on the insights from critical theory; newer conceptualisations of knowledge production; and the experiences from the Citizen Science for Sustainability action research programme, a number of principles towards more reflexive forms of community based public engagement in science and technology are proposed.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication date2009
    Number of pages20
    Publication statusPublished - 2009
    Event 9th Nordic Environmental Social Science Conference (NESS): Knowledge, learning and action for sustainability. - London, United Kingdom
    Duration: 10 Jun 200912 Jun 2009

    Conference

    Conference 9th Nordic Environmental Social Science Conference (NESS): Knowledge, learning and action for sustainability.
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    CityLondon
    Period10/06/200912/06/2009

    Keywords

    • Upstream engagement
    • Public participation
    • Critical theory
    • Mode-2 science
    • Action research
    • Citizen Science for Sustainability
    • SuScit

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