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Forests 2017, 8(6), 203; doi:10.3390/f8060203

How Cities Think: Knowledge Co-Production for Urban Sustainability and Resilience

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USDA Forest Service, International Institute of Tropical Forestry, Río Piedras, PR 00926, USA
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School for the Future of Innovation in Society, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85287, USA
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Academic Editors: Grizelle González and Ariel E. Lugo
Received: 1 April 2017 / Revised: 2 June 2017 / Accepted: 6 June 2017 / Published: 10 June 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Tropical Forest Ecology and Management for the Anthropocene)
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Abstract

Understanding and transforming how cities think is a crucial part of developing effective knowledge infrastructures for the Anthropocene. In this article, we review knowledge co-production as a popular approach in environmental and sustainability science communities to the generation of useable knowledge for sustainability and resilience. We present knowledge systems analysis as a conceptual and empirical framework for understanding existing co-production processes as preconditions to the design of new knowledge infrastructures in cities. Knowledge systems are the organizational practices and routines that make, validate, communicate, and apply knowledge. The knowledge systems analysis framework examines both the workings of these practices and routines and their interplay with the visions, values, social relations, and power dynamics embedded in the governance of building sustainable cities. The framework can be useful in uncovering hidden relations and highlighting the societal foundations that shape what is (and what is not) known by cities and how cities can co-produce new knowledge with meaningful sustainability and resilience actions and transformations. We highlight key innovations and design philosophies that we think can advance research and practice on knowledge co-production for urban sustainability and resilience. View Full-Text
Keywords: knowledge co-production; idiom of co-production; knowledge infrastructures; knowledge systems; knowledge systems analysis; cities; land use governance; Anthropocene knowledge co-production; idiom of co-production; knowledge infrastructures; knowledge systems; knowledge systems analysis; cities; land use governance; Anthropocene
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Muñoz-Erickson, T.A.; Miller, C.A.; Miller, T.R. How Cities Think: Knowledge Co-Production for Urban Sustainability and Resilience. Forests 2017, 8, 203.

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