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P143


Re-imagining accountability practices for transformation: accountability practices as ‘world-making practices and narratives’ for systems change. 
Convenors:
Lieselot Vandenbussche (Athena Institute, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
Melanie Ehren
Barbara Regeer (Athena Institute, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
Tjerk Budding (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
Jan Jorrit Hasselaar (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
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Discussant:
Anne Loeber (Athena Institute, VU University)
Format:
Combined Format Open Panel

Short Abstract:

In this panel, we focus on and critically engage with the question of how deeply-rooted accountability practices can be re-imagined and (re-)materialized to serve as boundary objects with transformative powers - in relation to the governance of transformations in sustainability, food, etc.

Long Abstract:

The recent pandemic and the undeniable manifestation of climate change make it increasingly evident that our conventional ways of governing and innovating are not well-geared to adequately respond to the persistent health and sustainability challenges we face today: our systems of governing and institutionalized ways of thinking, working and doing often hinder the required transformations rather than fostering them.

In this panel, we aim to focus on, and critically engage with, the issue of accountability in relation to the governance of transformations in sustainability, health, food, and other topics. Particularly with respect to transformations – characterized by long-term thinking, complexity, pluralism and uncertainty, it is clear that the issue of accountability defies any simplistic characterization.

Much of prevailing deeply-rooted accountability practices are counter-effective: instead of functioning as mechanisms for achieving ‘desirable change’, they hinder transformative learning, and thus necessary transformations. Our understanding of accountability thus needs to be re-considered to be meaningful and effective for the governance of transformations. A key question then is how current and deeply-rooted accountability practices can be re-imagined and (re-)materialized to serve as boundary objects with transformative powers. We conceive of accountability practices as ‘world making practices and narratives’, having the potential to create and generate purpose-full transformative (administrative) practices and disrupt counterproductive institutionalized practices.

In this panel, we welcome all kind of contributions – papers, workshops, dialogues - that seek to advance this research agenda on the imagination and materialization of innovative accountability practices (e.g. meaningful measurements, reflexive standards) for the governance of transformation through interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research. We particularly welcome contributions that evoke dialogue among scholars within and beyond STS - e.g. STS, public governance, accounting - to explore what kind of shifts and re-codings are necessary in accountability practices to make them adequate boundary objects vis-à-vis transformative learning in institutionalized contexts.

Accepted contributions: