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Co-Producing Knowledge


We view the co-production of knowledge through a methodological prism critical of conventional research practices that exploit historically marginalised people(s) and exclude the "researched" from the research process and the knowledge it produces. The underlying goal of our thematic research area is to include more diverse experiences, perspectives, and epistemologies in research process. Hence, we see horizontal collaboration as a step towards achieving this goal. We understand the co-production of knowledge as a process that brings together various actors (both human and more-than-human), accounts for different forms of knowledge, and works towards reducing power asymmetries and structural inequalities. In doing so, we adopt a decolonial approach to knowledge production.

Moreover, co-producing knowledge comprises the whole research process from defining the research goal, the research design, collection of data, to publishing and disseminating results. This poses significant challenges, among others, the current structures of project management (funding, mobility, etc.), but also the epistemological biases inherent in the academic system. Discussing experiences among ourselves as well as with others will enable us to develop inclusive and sustainable practices for collaboration and co-producing knowledge.