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Collaborative knowledge production for sustainable development: Experiences from the NCCR North-South


Zingerli, Claudia (2011). Collaborative knowledge production for sustainable development: Experiences from the NCCR North-South. In: Wiesmann, Urs; Hurni, Hans. Research for Sustainable Development: Foundations, Experiences, and Perspectives. Bern: Universität Bern, 91-102.

Abstract

Does collaborative knowledge production in intercultural teams of researchers from the global North and South offer ways to avoid ‘Western’ dominance in globalised science? This is the key question examined in the present article, which draws on experiences from the international development research network of the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) North-South. The article illustrates what has been done to bring together ‘Western’ and ‘non-Western’ research traditions and rationalities in development research and provides insights into the opportunities and constraints of intercultural, collaborative knowledge production. It reveals a critical awareness of the potential, limitations, and consequences of methodological inclusiveness. Although collaborative knowledge production processes involve challenges and large investments, they offer an alternative to the dominant aspirations of individualistic leadership and scientific excellence. Collaboration plays a critical role in the development of scientific creativity in general, and in the context of sustainable development in particular.

Abstract

Does collaborative knowledge production in intercultural teams of researchers from the global North and South offer ways to avoid ‘Western’ dominance in globalised science? This is the key question examined in the present article, which draws on experiences from the international development research network of the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) North-South. The article illustrates what has been done to bring together ‘Western’ and ‘non-Western’ research traditions and rationalities in development research and provides insights into the opportunities and constraints of intercultural, collaborative knowledge production. It reveals a critical awareness of the potential, limitations, and consequences of methodological inclusiveness. Although collaborative knowledge production processes involve challenges and large investments, they offer an alternative to the dominant aspirations of individualistic leadership and scientific excellence. Collaboration plays a critical role in the development of scientific creativity in general, and in the context of sustainable development in particular.

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Item Type:Book Section, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography
Dewey Decimal Classification:910 Geography & travel
Language:English
Date:2011
Deposited On:30 Apr 2012 15:57
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 15:46
Publisher:Universität Bern
Series Name:Perspectives of the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) North-South
Number:6
ISBN:978-3-905835-31-1
Additional Information:Ist gleichzeitig in der Reihe Geographica Bernensia erschienen
Official URL:http://www.nccr-north-south.unibe.ch/publications/Infosystem/On-line%20Dokumente/Upload/4_Zingerli.pdf

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