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Knowledge Co-Production and Transdisciplinarity: Opening Pandora’s Box

by 1,2,3,* and 4
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Twente Water Centre, University of Twente, P.O. Box 217, 7500 AE Enschede, The Netherlands
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Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3), 48940 Leioa, Spain
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IKERBASQUE, Basque Foundation for Science, 48013 Bilbao, Spain
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CSTM—Department of Technology and Governance for Sustainability, University of Twente, P.O. Box 217, 7500 AE Enschede, The Netherlands
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Water 2019, 11(10), 1997; https://doi.org/10.3390/w11101997
Received: 16 August 2019 / Revised: 19 September 2019 / Accepted: 21 September 2019 / Published: 25 September 2019
This Special Issue aims to reflect on knowledge co-production and transdisciplinarity, exploring the mutual interaction between water governance and water research. We do so with contributions that bring examples from diverse parts of the world: Bolivia, Canada, Germany, Ghana, Namibia, the Netherlands, Palestine, and South Africa. Key insights brought by these contributions include the importance of engaging the actors from early stages of transdisciplinary research, and the need for an in-depth understanding of the diverse needs, competences, and power of actors and the water governance system in which knowledge co-production takes place. Further, several future research directions are identified, such as the examination of knowledge backgrounds according to the individual and collective thought styles of different actors. Together, the eight papers included in this Special Issue constitute a significant step toward a better understanding of knowledge co-production and transdisciplinarity, with a common thread for being reflective and clear about their complexity, and the political implications and risks they pose for inclusive, plural and just water research and governance. View Full-Text
Keywords: water governance; transdisciplinary water research; transdisciplinarity; knowledge creation; knowledge co-production; contextual factors water governance; transdisciplinary water research; transdisciplinarity; knowledge creation; knowledge co-production; contextual factors
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Brugnach, M.; Özerol, G. Knowledge Co-Production and Transdisciplinarity: Opening Pandora’s Box. Water 2019, 11, 1997. https://doi.org/10.3390/w11101997

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Brugnach, Marcela; Özerol, Gül. 2019. "Knowledge Co-Production and Transdisciplinarity: Opening Pandora’s Box" Water 11, no. 10: 1997. https://doi.org/10.3390/w11101997

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