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P266


Transdisciplinary experiments for just transitions: connecting counter-knowledge, climate justice and systemic change 
Convenor:
Antonella Maiello (Leide University)
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Chair:
Shivat Jhagroe (Eindhoven University of Technology)
Format:
Combined Format Open Panel

Short Abstract:

We still know very little about transdisciplinary research practice's potential to contribute to social and climate justice. Focusing on energy transitions and climate governance, this panel will explore how science-society collaborative experiments are enhancing just transitions

Long Abstract:

After almost sixty years of climate change predictions, and thousands of papers published per year, we are now reaching crucial tipping points. Scientific climate knowledge has achieved a high level of accuracy in the interpretation of bio-physical phenomena, but still with limited social justice impact. A major reason underlying this problem relates to the modernist idea that scientific knowledge production is separate from politics. STS scholars have constantly challenged this belief by unravelling science-policy interfaces. The transdisciplinary debate, for instance, has developed excellent theories and methods (Philipp and Schohl, 2023; Max-Neef, 2005). However, the ideal of a value-free science still seems to be mainstream in both science and policy circles (Gundersen, 2018).

We still know very little about transdisciplinary research practice's potential to contribute to social and climate justice. In this panel, we are concerned with community-oriented experiments with the potential to be initiated frugally/informally and committed to be transformative and socially just. Focusing on energy transitions and climate governance, this panel will explore the following questions: What kind of science-society collaborative experiments are enhancing just transitions? Which role does artistic and non-scientific counter-knowledge play in shaping conditions for just climate/energy governance (e.g. through artistic performance and games)? What are key epistemic and institutional challenges, when actors engage in systemic transformation at the science-policy-art interface?

We particularly welcome empirical contributions based on collaborative experiences with non-academic actors and communities. We invite contributors with a wide range of methodologies aimed at generating performative/actionable knowledge.

The panel will be structured in three different sessions: 1) a roundtable of research working papers, with feedback from assigned discussants; 2) a performative session, with presentations in open formats of creative outputs (e.g., visual, video, art-science interface); 3) an interactive workshop where we reflect on intersecting questions and develop a transdisciplinary research agenda.

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