Tuesday 6
Modalities and political dimensions of the knowledge co-production for the resilience of socio-ecosystems
Frédérique Jankowski, Pascale Moity Maizi
› 17:15 - 18:10 (55min)
› Rondelet
Ways of knowing and the production of blended knowledge when managing for resilience
Marcela Brugnach  1@  , Helen Ingram  2@  
1 : University of Twente
2 : Southwest Center, University of Arizona and School of Social Ecology, University of California Irvine

Managing for resilience shared natural resources requires the ability of coping with highly contested, ambiguous issues. There are many networks of actors that are concerned with natural resources and many ways of knowing about them. This implies the consideration of a multiplicity of views and interests that not necessarily are compatible. Here, we address this problem from the point of view of knowledge. The type of knowledge used, how and by whom this knowledge is created and whose values this knowledge represents deeply influence the outcome of a management process. We argue that, managing for resilience cannot be supported by the use of scientific knowledge alone, but requires the production of blended knowledge able to integrate different ways of knowing about natural resources. Blended knowledge is constituted by both content and relations, and as such is relational knowledge. By focusing on the relational aspects of knowledge, in combination with its content, we can better capture the complexities underlying the creation of relevant knowledge and the intricate relationships held and sustained among knowledge holders. In this presentation we discuss what blended knowledge is, why it is needed and what its production entails. We conclude that explicitly considering the relational aspects of knowledge contributes to resilience. These concepts and conclusions are supported by study cases.


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