Coproduction in climate change research: reviewing different perspectives

Bildschirmfoto 2018-04-16 um 21.36.40How does the academic literature on climate change use the term ‚co-production‘? Scott Bremer (SVT, University Bergen) and Simon Meisch explore this question in a joint paper that appeared in WIREs Climate Change.

Notions of ‚co‐production‘ are growing in popularity in social science and humanities research on climate change, although there is some ambiguity about the meanings of the term and how it is being used. It is time to critically and reflexively take stock of this expanding area of scholarship. A comprehensive review of over 130 scientific publications first mapped the scholars using co‐production, relative to characteristics like their discipline, nationality, and research themes. Second, it looked at how this diversity of scientific perspectives has opened up a multiplicity of meanings of co‐production. While most discussions of co‐production stop at a basic distinction between descriptive and normative uses of the term, this review unpacked eight conceptual lenses on co‐production, each discernible by its particular emphases, academic traditions, logic, and criteria of success. There are two important implications of this work. On one hand, it urges self‐reflexive transparency when using co‐production concepts. The multiple meanings attached to co‐production add richness to the concept and open it up to different uses. However, it is important that scholars clearly communicate how they use the term and are mindful of what they ‘buy into’ by using the concept in certain ways. On the other hand, there are tensions between the different perspectives as well as opportunities for combining them into a compound concept of co‐production. In this way, co‐production is reconceptualized as a prism, where each aspect allows different but complimentary insights on the relationship between science, society, and nature.

Mike Hulme described our paper as a good example of a systematic review „[synthesizing] findings from many disparate studies […] in a (semi-)formal manner, possibly through a meta-analysis of a defined corpus of work“.

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