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Using dialogue arenas to manage boundaries between sectors and disciplines in environmental research projects
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Biology and Environmental Science. (ESEG)
Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, Department of Organisation and Entrepreneurship.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3117-476X
2017 (English)In: International Journal of Action Research, ISSN 1861-1303, E-ISSN 1861-9916, Vol. 13, no 1, 24-38 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

An interactive research strategy, a form of action research, was used in two environmental research projects. This strategy emphasises a balance between research and practice. Further, the method of dialogue arenas was used, meaning the creation of different types of meeting places where research and practice interact with each other. This paper shows the strength of these dialogue arenas to identify and cross boundaries. During these dialogue arenas the interactive researcher encountered two such boundaries. The first boundary was found in the research system between social science and natural science. The second boundary was found in the practice system between the collaborating sectors. Dialogue arenas helped in managing these boundaries by clarifying the role of the social scientist, facilitating collaboration, and democratising the research process.

Abstract [es]

En dos proyectos de investigación ambiental fue utilizada una estrategia de investigación interactiva, una forma de investigación acción. Esta estrategia hace hincapié en el balance entre la investigación y la práctica. Además, se utilizó el método de los espacios de dialogo, lo que significa la creación de diferentes tipos de lugares de encuentro donde la investigación y la práctica interactúan entre sí. Este artículo muestra la fuerza de estos espacios de diálogo para identificar y cruzar límites. Durante estos espacios de dialogo, el investigador interactivo encontró dos de estos límites. El primer límite fue encontrado en el sistema de investigación entre las ciencias sociales y las ciencias naturales. El segundo límite fue encontrado en el sistema de práctica entre los sectores colaboradores. Los espacios de diálogo ayudaron a manejar estos límites, aclarando el papel del científico social, facilitando la colaboración y democratizando el proceso de investigación.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. Vol. 13, no 1, 24-38 p.
Keyword [en]
Interactive research, Boundaries, Cross-sector collaboration, Transdisciplinary science, Environmental science
Keyword [es]
Investigación interactiva, límites, colaboración intersectorial, ciencia transdisciplinar, ciencia medioambiental
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Environmental Sciences
Research subject
Natural Science, Environmental Science; Social Sciences, Sociology; Economy, Ledarskap, entreprenörskap och organisation
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-60608DOI: 10.3224/ijar.v13i1.03OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-60608DiVA: diva2:1073074
Available from: 2017-02-09 Created: 2017-02-09 Last updated: 2017-04-25Bibliographically approved
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1. Environmental research collaboration: Cross-sector knowledge production in environmental science
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Environmental research collaboration: Cross-sector knowledge production in environmental science
2017 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Alternative title[sv]
Sektorsövergripande samverkan för kunskapsproduktion i miljövetenskapen
Abstract [en]

Increased interaction between science and society is recognised as one of the characteristics of contemporary science. Solving the complex environmental problems of our day also necessitate such interactions. In this thesis, theories of knowledge production and innovation, including the triple helix and Mode 2, were used to analyse and assess environmental science critically. The triple helix model claims that interaction between university, industry, and government, is essential for innovation development. The Mode 2 of science emphasises the social embeddedness of science. These theories of knowledge production are situated on a macro level. Most studies carried out about this have disregarded the interactions in practice between science and society. The aim of the thesis was to explore how these theories manifest themselves in practice. Further, the aim was to contribute to knowledge about cross-sector interactions in environmental research collaboration. Interactive research was conducted in three environmental research projects. One survey was also conducted on a national level. Results are distributed in five research papers. Firstly, the results showed that the triple helix became somethings else on a project level. Further, when working in a triple helix-based collaboration participants encountered boundaries and which could be crossed using boundary-spanning means. The use of dialogue arenas in interactive research, meaning research oriented workshops and seminars, aided both participants and the researcher to cross disciplinary and cross-sector boundaries. Solving environmental problems, using cross-sector research collaboration, necessitated the recognition of the collaborative process itself. An abstract environmental idea such as the circular economy was also found to contribute to bridging the gaps between research and society. Lastly, the research showed that environmental scientists reflect upon the relevance of their research. The scientists felt the need to provide society with relevant research and adjust their research choices due to this. This thesis ends up with a discussion about a Mode 3 of knowledge production where the democratisation of research is crucial. Here a fourth helix represents the further inclusion of society in general. A fifth helix includes the natural environment as a driver for collaboration, forming a quintuple helix which incorporates the environmental relevance into collaboration. This thesis contributes to knowledge about theories of knowledge production, cross-sector research collaboration and the role of environmental science in society.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Växjö: Linnaeus University Press, 2017. 145 p.
Series
Linnaeus University Dissertations, 273/2017
Keyword
Triple helix, quintuple helix, Mode 3, cross-sector research collaboration, interactive research; boundaries, knowledge production, relevance of research, environmental science
National Category
Environmental Sciences
Research subject
Natural Science, Environmental Science; Social Sciences, Sociology; Economy, Ledarskap, entreprenörskap och organisation
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-60611 (URN)978-91-88357-55-7 (ISBN)
Public defence
2017-03-03, Fullriggaren, Kocken, Landgången 4, Kalmar, 09:30 (English)
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Available from: 2017-02-16 Created: 2017-02-09 Last updated: 2017-03-16Bibliographically approved

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