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IS-AUR-Samarb.progr. Norge Frankrike

Knowledge quality assessment as a sense-making device: an enquiry into uncertainties, agency and climate change

Awarded: NOK 20,000

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2020 - 2021


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The “Knowledge quality assessment as a sensemaking device: an enquiry into uncertainties, agency and climate change” (KQA-SMD) project is an enquiry into the ability for climate change knowledge assessment to strengthen local communities through sensemaking. Climate change adaptation lies at the crux of a series of challenges that are directly related to knowledge, knowledge (co)production and assessment. Human communities need to, simultaneously, face increasing, multi-dimensional uncertainties, associated to never experienced before environmental changes, and face associated ever shifting value systems and priorities. Local communities must simultaneously interpret uncertainties at hand, make sense of what is being experienced, while keeping alive and well the individual and collective ability to act. We, Jeroen van der Sluijs, from UiB SVT, Elisabeth Jensen, also form UiB SVT, and Jean-Paul Vanderlinden, from CEARC (France), propose to combine our expertises to conceptualize how the treatment of deep uncertainties through knowledge quality assessment (KQA) may enhance the capacity for action through sensemaking. We will organize focused small committee workshop in order to jointly develop the theoretical foundations of the issues at hand, device an analytical procedure, and write up the results in the form of a paper. This work will allow for the development of a concept note and associated texts and consortium (4 countries, 5 partners) in order to be ready to use these in future EU, or international (Belmont Forum and others) calls for proposals.

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IS-AUR-Samarb.progr. Norge Frankrike