Facilitating co-production of knowledge in integrated climate change vulnerability assessments
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Involving stakeholder perspectives in research driven climate change vulnerability assessments are important to improve their usefulness in adaptation planning. However, facilitating interaction among heterogeneous actors requires that divergent viewpoints, interests and knowledge claims can be negotiated. This study aims at building an understanding of how participatory vulnerability assessments can be improved by discussing facilitating factors for co-production of knowledge identified within a Swedish research project. The project, conducted between 2007 and 2012, involved participants from various municipal departments, national agencies and research and aimed at assessing vulnerability of two case municipalities. Participants’ perceptions of the co-production process and the project design were collected via stakeholder dialogues, qualitative individual and group interviews and evaluations throughout the project. Results were analysed with help of evaluative criteria on two levels. The study identified following facilitating factors for co-production; develop common goals for all stakeholder interaction, include expectations from all participants in the process planning, unite around what project outcomes are realistic, meet all participants individually before any group processes, hold the co-production process active, focus the discussions around relevant local cases, relate identified local vulnerabilities to practical examples, create a unifying form for group discussions, and be flexible and adjust discussion formats after what stimulates participants interests. Considering these facilitating factors when designing participatory vulnerability assessments can improve the process.
Climate change, co-production, stakeholder participation, vulnerability assessment
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-90171OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-90171DiVA: diva2:612287