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Sustainability 2017, 9(11), 1945; doi:10.3390/su9111945

Interactive Knowledge Co-Production and Integration for Healthy Urban Development

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Faculty of Geo-information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), University of Twente, PO Box 217, 7500 AE Enschede, The Netherlands
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Department of Community Health, Hochshule für Gesundheit, University of Applied Sciences (hsg); Gesundheitscampus 6-8, 44801 Bochum, Germany
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Received: 14 September 2017 / Revised: 20 October 2017 / Accepted: 23 October 2017 / Published: 26 October 2017
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Abstract

The transformation of cities towards healthy urban living environments for all is a challenge that needs to be addressed through collaboration of all relevant sectors in a transdisciplinary research processes. This paper reports on the design and showcase implementation of a methodological approach, named Interactive Spatial Understanding Support System (ISUSS), that is intended to support interactive knowledge co-production and integration among practitioners and researcher in a specific local context. The approach involves the combined use of interactive maps on a MapTable and a rich picture. The goal is to stimulate, articulate and map stakeholders’ knowledge on environmental health issues to come to a shared problem understanding. Drawing on the rich seam of data gathered over the reflexive engagement with the participants in Dortmund, Germany, we explored incidences of a transdisciplinary process. Findings suggest that the approach has the potential to encourage communication and social learning geared towards a shared understanding of the holistic problem situation. Whilst locally embedded spatial knowledge was shared using interactive maps on the MapTable, the rich picture elicited issues linked to wider geographical scale as well as non-spatial drivers. The paper concludes discussing research needs to further explore the approach among various other groups, including citizens. View Full-Text
Keywords: interactive maps; MapTable; rich picture; Interactive Spatial Understanding Support System; spatial knowledge; environmental health; transdisciplinarity interactive maps; MapTable; rich picture; Interactive Spatial Understanding Support System; spatial knowledge; environmental health; transdisciplinarity
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Shrestha, R.; Köckler, H.; Flacke, J.; Martinez, J.; van Maarseveen, M. Interactive Knowledge Co-Production and Integration for Healthy Urban Development. Sustainability 2017, 9, 1945.

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