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Sokolova, T. (2023). Co-producing ‘The Future(s) We Want’: How does political imagination translate into democratised knowledge-action models for sustainability transformations?. Environmental Science and Policy, 144, 162-173
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2023 (English)In: Environmental Science and Policy, ISSN 1462-9011, E-ISSN 1873-6416, Vol. 144, p. 162-173Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Democratic societies face the challenge of effecting sustainability transformations, allowing for variously imagined futures and underpinned by a diversity of practices of knowledge production and action. This article investigates how political imagination of sustainable futures informs the ways knowledge and action are understood and linked in sustainability and research policy, and what potential implications this has for democratic transformative change. Empirically, the article analyses the overarching sustainability and research policies in Sweden, focusing on the central documents produced by the government and public research financiers. The analysis shows parallels between the conceptualisations of sustainability and knowledge-action, characterised by linearity, instrumentalisation of knowledge and circumscription of power-sharing spaces for knowledge creation against the background of endorsement of collaborations between academia and society. Such conceptualisations, apart from sending mixed signals to sustainability researchers and practitioners, potentially enable knowledge and action processes driven by impact, competitiveness and atomisation, precluding the exercise of the intrinsic value of democratic knowledge and action practices necessary for reflexive governance of transformations towards sustainability.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2023
Keywords
Co-production, Democracy, Environmental governance, Knowledge politics, Science-policy interface, Sweden, article, exercise, government, human, human experiment, imagination, organization, physician, politics
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Environmental Sciences
Research subject
Environmental Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-51351 (URN)10.1016/j.envsci.2023.03.018 (DOI)000967583000001 ()2-s2.0-85151458236 (Scopus ID)
Funder
The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies
Available from: 2023-04-18 Created: 2023-04-18 Last updated: 2023-06-02Bibliographically approved
Gallardo Fernández, G. L., Saunders, F. & Sokolova, T. (Eds.). (2020). Co-creating Actionable Science: Reflections from the Global North and South. Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
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2020 (English)Collection (editor) (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2020. p. 174
Keywords
Development studies
National Category
Environmental Sciences
Research subject
Environmental Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-41520 (URN)9781527548473 (ISBN)
Available from: 2020-07-06 Created: 2020-07-06 Last updated: 2023-06-02Bibliographically approved
Sokolova, T., Gallardo Fernández, G. L. & Saunders, F. (2020). Introduction: Learning to Learn from the Complex Interactions and Dilemmas of Field Research. In: Gloria L. Gallardo Fernández, Fred Saunders, Tatiana Sokolova (Ed.), Co-creating Actionable Science: Reflections from the Global North and South (pp. 1-12). Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
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2020 (English)In: Co-creating Actionable Science: Reflections from the Global North and South / [ed] Gloria L. Gallardo Fernández, Fred Saunders, Tatiana Sokolova, Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2020, p. 1-12Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2020
Keywords
Development studies
National Category
Environmental Sciences
Research subject
Environmental Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-41523 (URN)978-1-5275-4847-3 (ISBN)
Available from: 2020-07-06 Created: 2020-07-06 Last updated: 2023-06-02Bibliographically approved
Gallardo Fernández, G. L., Saunders, F., Sokolova, T., Börebäck, K. & Kokko, S. (2020). Reflections on a Process of Research with Reindeer Herding Communities in Sweden’s Norrbotten. In: Gloria L. Gallardo Fernández, Fred Saunders, Tatiana Sokolova (Ed.), Co-creating Actionable Science: Reflections from the Global North and South (pp. 151). Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
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2020 (English)In: Co-creating Actionable Science: Reflections from the Global North and South / [ed] Gloria L. Gallardo Fernández, Fred Saunders, Tatiana Sokolova, Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2020, p. 151-Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2020
Keywords
Development studies
National Category
Environmental Sciences
Research subject
Environmental Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-41522 (URN)978-1-5275-4847-3 (ISBN)
Available from: 2020-07-06 Created: 2020-07-06 Last updated: 2023-06-02Bibliographically approved
Gallardo-Fernández, G. L., Saunders, F. P., Sokolova, T., Börebäck, K., van Laerhoven, F., Kokko, S. & Tuvendal, M. (2017). We adapt … but is it good or bad? Locating the political ecology and social-ecological systems debate in reindeer herding in the Swedish Sub-Arctic: Locating the political ecology and social-ecological systems debate in reindeer herding in the Swedish Sub-Arctic. Journal of Political Ecology, 24, 667-691
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2017 (English)In: Journal of Political Ecology, E-ISSN 1073-0451, Vol. 24, p. 667-691Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Reindeer herding (RDH) is a livelihood strategy deeply connected to Sami cultural tradition. This article explores the implications of two theoretical and methodological approaches for grasping complex socio-environmental relationships of RDH in Subarctic Sweden. Based on joint fieldwork, two teams – one that aligns itself with political ecology (PE) and the other with social-ecological systems (SES) – compared PE and SES approaches of understanding RDH. Our purpose was twofold: 1) to describe the situation of Sami RDH through the lenses of PE and SES, exploring how the two approaches interpret the same empirical data; 2) to present an analytical comparison of the ontological and epistemological assumptions of this work, also inferring different courses of action to instigate change for the sustainability of RDH. Key informants from four sameby in the Kiruna region expressed strong support for the continuation of RDH as a cultural and

economic practice. Concerns about the current situation raised by Sami representatives centered on the cumulative negative impacts on RDH from mining, forestry and tourism. PE and SES researchers offered dissimilar interpretations of the key aspects of the RDH socio-economic situation, namely: the nature and scale of RDH systems; the ubiquitous role of conflict; and conceptualizations of responses to changing socio-environmental conditions. Due to these disparities, PE and SES analyses have radically divergent socio-political implications for what ought to be done to redress the current RDH situation.

Abstract [fr]

L'élevage de rennes (RDH) est une stratégie de subsistance étroitement liée à la tradition culturelle sami. Cet article explore les implications de deux approches théoriques et méthodologiques pour saisir les relations socio-environnementales complexes de RDH dans la Suède Subarctique. Sur la base du travail sur le terrain, deux équipes - une qui s'harmonise avec l'écologie politique (PE) et l'autre avec les systèmes socio-écologiques (SES) - ont comparé les approches PE et SES pour comprendre le RDH. Notre but était double: 1) décrire la situation de Sami RDH à travers les lentilles de PE et SES, en explorant comment les deux approches interprètent les mêmes données empiriques; 2) présenter une comparaison analytique des hypothèses ontologiques et épistémologiques de ce travail, en déduisant également différentes voies d'action pour instaurer un changement pour la durabilité de RDH. Les informateurs clés de quatre sameby dans la région de Kiruna ont fortement soutenu la poursuite de RDH en tant que pratique culturelle et économique. Les préoccupations concernant la situation actuelle soulevée par les représentants de Sami ont été centrées sur les effets négatifs cumulatifs sur le RDH des activités minières, forestières et touristiques. Les chercheurs de PE et de SES ont proposé des interprétations différentes des aspects clés de la situation socioéconomique de RDH: la nature et l'échelle des systèmes RDH; Le rôle omniprésent du conflit; Et les conceptualisations des réponses à l'évolution des conditions socio-environnementales. En raison de ces disparités, les analyses PE et SES ont des implications socio-politiques radicalement divergentes pour ce qui devrait être fait pour remédier à la situation actuelle de RDH.

Abstract [es]

El pastoreo de renos es una estrategia de sustento profundamente arraigada en la tradición cultural del pueblo sami. Este artículo explora las implicancias de dos enfoques teóricos y metodológicos, para comprender las complejas relaciones socio-ambientales de esta actividad socioeconómica en el sub-ártico de Suecia. Basados en un trabajo de campo conjunto, dos equipos - uno que se alinea con la ecología política (PE) y el otro con los sistemas socio-ecológicos (SES) - realizan un estudio comparativo, con el doble propósito de: 1) describir la situación actual del pastoreo de renos, explorando como se interpretan los mismos datos empíricos desde ambos enfoques (PE y SES); 2) presentar una comparación analítica de los supuestos ontológicos y epistemológicos de este trabajo, infiriendo también diferentes cursos de acción para fomentar el cambio hacia un pastoreo de renos más sustentable. Los informantes clave de cuatro comunidades sami de la región de Kiruna expresaron su firme respaldo a la continuación del pastoreo de renos como práctica cultural y económica. Sus preocupaciones sobre la situación actual se centraron en los impactos negativos acumulados de la minería, la silvicultura y el turismo sobre esta actividad socioeconómica ancestral. Los investigadores de PE y SES ofrecieron diferentes interpretaciones de los aspectos clave de la situación del pastoreo de renos; a saber: la naturaleza y la escala del sistema; el papel omnipresente de los conflictos; y las conceptualizaciones de las respuestas a las cambiantes condiciones socio-ambientales. Debido a estas disparidades, los análisis de PE y SES tienen implicaciones sociopolíticas radicalmente divergentes sobre lo que se debería hacer para remediar la actual situación del pastoreo de renos del pueblo sami.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
University of Arizona Press, 2017
Keywords
Development studies, Reindeer herding, political ecology, social-ecological systems, resilience, interdisciplinary, ontological assumptions, conflicts/consensus, adaptation, élevage de rennes, écologie politique, systèmes socio-écologiques, résilience, interdisciplinarité, hypothèses ontologiques, conflits/consensus, adaptation, pastoreo de renos, ecología política, sistemas socio-ecológicos, resiliencia, interdisciplinaridad, supuestos ontológicos, conflictos/consenso, adaptación
National Category
Political Science Environmental Sciences
Research subject
Environmental Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-32407 (URN)10.2458/v24i1.20960 (DOI)000400392200042 ()2-s2.0-85029696137 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Swedish Polar Research Secretariat
Available from: 2017-04-17 Created: 2017-04-17 Last updated: 2023-09-18Bibliographically approved
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ORCID iD: ORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0003-1902-008X

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