Knowledge Co-production for Marine Governance: Considerations of Power, Politics and Equity
This project aims to explore how practitioners, decision makers and research funders, as key drivers and facilitators of these processes, are accounting for power, politics, and equity.
Processes of knowledge co-production have the potential to lead to transformational change. Despite widespread advocacy however, many knowledge co-production processes are not meeting their intended objectives. Considerations such as power and politics are often overlooked, and sometimes even reinforced, in knowledge co-production. Failure to consider and account for these factors can lead to social harm, undermine local support for initiatives and limit the impact of the knowledge produced. Therefore, understanding how to best facilitate equitable knowledge co-production is essential for unlocking its transformative potential, and for securing the future of marine and coastal environments.
However, there are few evaluations of how knowledge co-production works in practice, and of what we need to do to unlock this potential. As such, the objective of this project is to explore knowledge co-production processes, and to understand how that co-produced knowledge is used by decision makers to inform marine governance. Specifically, the project aims to explore how practitioners, decision makers and research funders, as key drivers and facilitators of these processes, are accounting for power, politics, and equity. This project will contribute to the field of marine governance by providing insight from those involved in knowledge co-production processes, and by sharing strategies and tools to foster more equitable and effective knowledge co-production.