EADI Panel at 19th Global Development Conference, Bonn, 23 October 2019

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23 Oct 2019

A question of shared responsibility? Debating roles, processes and risks within the research – practise nexus is the title of our combined panel and workshop at the upcoming GDN conference on "Knowledge for Sustainable Development: The Research-Policy Nexus".

Effective implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) requires access to as well as application of the best available knowledge from global communities, but the interface between research and practise remains a contentious area in Development Research.

Originating in the 1970s, the term “co-production of knowledge” has nowadays become increasingly popular among policy makers, practitioners and academics. With respect to research, its justification is often strongly linked to ethical considerations stressing the social responsibility of science and the normative imperative for research to achieve a social ‘real-world’ impact. At the same time, co-production of knowledge has become itself a research topic with a rising number of articles published every year.

Yet, there is no universal definition of the term “co-production of knowledge.” For example, open questions relate to how it is designed including the allocation of responsibilities, what practices and processes get used and what type of outcomes are realised. Also, the inclusion of an increasing number of stakeholders – compared to traditional research approaches – increases the likelihood of divergent interests and raises the question of how these different interests are balanced. Consequently, these aspects require the examination of how co-production processes impact on the nature of scientific knowledge produced.

The panel combines academic and non-academic perspectives from the policy and NGO sector. The panel will explore examples from existing research to practise partnership projects within the area of the Sustainable Development Goals as well as incorporate the latest results of research on co-production processes with a focus on the following questions:

  • What are the predominant ways of cooperation between research and practise?
  • What are prerequisites for successful partnerships? What can we do better?
  • Working with local stakeholders - how to frame cooperation to have a long-lasting impact?
  • How do processes of co-production influence the validity of research results?

Panel speakers:

Prof Katja Bender, International Centre for Sustainable Development (IZNE), Bonn-Rhine-Sieg University of Applied Sciences, Germany

Dr Ondrej Horky-Hluchan, Institute for International Relations, Prag, Czech Republic

Dr Maru Mormina, Ethox Centre, University of Oxford

Dr Talia Vela-Eiden, Bridge 47 - Building Global Citizenship Project

Prof Claudia Warning, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Germany


Dr Sven Grimm, Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik – German Development Institute (DIE)

The workhop will be held in a World Cafe format. Access the preliminary conference programme here

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