In this paper, we focus on transdisciplinary action research to explore the key challenge of postnormal science - how to deal with power. First, the paper reviews the literature on stakeholder inclusion and identifies a methodological dilemma trapping transdisciplinary action research between the promise of effectiveness and inclusiveness and the danger of power asymmetries affecting the research process and outcomes. We then develop a framework distinguishing three different power-related tensions permeating transdisciplinary research promises: the systemic level of institutions, the heterogeneous stakeholder group, and the role and position of the researcher. We provide concrete literature-based tools for dealing with each of these tensions and mould a power-sensitive approach for transdisciplinary action research.
|Number of pages||9|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2022|
- Post normal science
- Transdisciplinary research
- Political rigour