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Theorizing STS perspectives on co-creation as intervention in the green energy transition 
Sophie Nyborg (Technical University of Denmark)
Julia Kirch Kirkegaard (Technical University of Denmark)
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Short Abstract:

Embracing the interventionist and implicated nature of STS (Elgaard, 2012) this panel inquires into the role of STS in the ‘age of participation’ (Chilvers and Kearnes 2016), focusing on the ‘co-creation paradigm’ (Ramaswamy and Ozkan, 2014) as intervention in the green energy transition.

Long Abstract:

Embracing the inherently interventionist, political and implicated nature of STS (Elgaard, 2012), this panel critically inquires into what STS can contribute with in the ‘age of participation’ (Chilvers and Kearnes 2016, 2), of ‘action research’ and ‘intervention’, focusing on the ‘co-creation paradigm’ (Ramaswamy and Ozkan, 2014) and its role in the green energy transition. Co-creation has become a buzzword in recent years as an intervention strategy to handle techno-scientific development responsibly (e.g. Müller et al., 2021) by facilitating the coming together of different actors in a joint activity that leads to mutual benefits and value for all. Co-creation overlaps with conceptual boundaries of e.g. public engagement in technoscientific controversies and RRI (Irwin, 2014, Stilgoe et al 2013, 2014), democratization of expertise (Nowotny, 2003), hybrid forums and issue and object-oriented engagement (Callon et al 2009; Marres 2007, 2012; Latour & Weibel, 2005), newer science communication (e.g. Horst and Michael, 2011) and Mode 2 knowledge production (Gibbons et al 1994). Co-creation also connects with concepts on e.g. user innovation (Von Hippel, 2005), open innovation (Tekic and Willoughby 2019) as well as design research, e.g. co-design and participatory design (Sanders and Stappers, 2008), which has recently been making itself useful for transition studies (e.g. Irwin, 2015; Hyysalo et al., 2019). We welcome papers that theorize on what co-creation and intervention means in STS in terms of bringing about sustainable and inclusive transformation.

More specific questions to be discussed may be:

- How do we approach inherent power issues related to how world-making always involves inclusion/exclusions and who gets to co-create?

- What are the potentials – and limits – for what can be co-created in energy transitions?

- Taking into account the many shapes of interventions – e.g. co-creation workshops, co-produced digital sprints, etc. –what is being intervened in, and with what purposes?

Accepted papers: