Taking power seriously: Towards a power-sensitive approach for transdisciplinary action research

M. Struminska-Kutra*, C. Scholl

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Article number102881
Number of pages9
JournalFutures
Volume135
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2022

Keywords

  • Power
  • Post normal science
  • Transdisciplinary research
  • Institutionalization
  • Political rigour
  • SCIENCE
  • CITY
  • COLLABORATION
  • COPRODUCTION
  • TRANSITIONS
  • GOVERNANCE
  • LABS

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