Deconstructing Knowledge and Reconstructing Understanding: Designing a Knowledge Architecture for Transdisciplinary Co-creation of Energy Futures

Biswas, S., & Miller, C. A. (2021). Deconstructing knowledge and reconstructing understanding: Designing a knowledge architecture for transdisciplinary co‐creation of energy futures. Sustainable Development. https://doi.org/10.1002/sd.2275

38 Pages Posted: 3 Mar 2022

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Saurabh Biswas

Arizona State University (ASU) - School for the Future of Innovation in Society

Clark Miller

Arizona State University (ASU) - School for the Future of Innovation in Society

Date Written: December 28, 2021

Abstract

Transdisciplinary approaches to sustainability transitions planning and management present an opportunity to embed knowledge making as an integral design element of collaborative energy transitions initiatives. Explicit attention to knowledge making can maximize the uptake and diffusion of not only research outcomes, but the principles and values that underpin collaborative action. This will be crucial to avoiding disproportionately distributed consequences and overcoming barriers to sustainable energy transitions. This article proposes a knowledge making research agenda for co-creation of sustainable energy transitions and proposes the deconstruction-reconstruction knowledge making framework for social learning among stakeholders. The theoretical framework is operationalized through the knowledge architecture designed to facilitate a multi-stakeholder sustainable energy transition project underway in Sierra Leone. Analysis of the results indicate that an embedded knowledge architecture can lower epistemological and methodological barriers to co-creation and enhance adaptive management of emergent knowledge and conflicts.

Keywords: Energy transitions planning, co-creation, knowledge making, social learning, reflexivity

Suggested Citation

Biswas, Saurabh and Miller, Clark, Deconstructing Knowledge and Reconstructing Understanding: Designing a Knowledge Architecture for Transdisciplinary Co-creation of Energy Futures (December 28, 2021). Biswas, S., & Miller, C. A. (2021). Deconstructing knowledge and reconstructing understanding: Designing a knowledge architecture for transdisciplinary co‐creation of energy futures. Sustainable Development. https://doi.org/10.1002/sd.2275, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4000414 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4000414

Saurabh Biswas (Contact Author)

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Clark Miller

Arizona State University (ASU) - School for the Future of Innovation in Society

PO Box 875603
Tempe, AZ 85287-560
United States

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