User engagement in sustainability research

Sonia Talwar, Arnim Wiek, John Robinson

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    98 Citations (Scopus)

    Abstract

    User engagement, stakeholder involvement, and public consultation in sustainability research have received increased attention over the last decade. Key driving factors behind this are that social outcomes, policy relevance, and user engagement have all become requirements for securing research funding. Many articles have provided compelling arguments for the need to reconsider why, when and how users are engaged within the research process. We propose a typology of user engagement strategies in research, focusing on the actual research process and emphasizing types of engagement in research. We illustrate these types with a comparative analysis of empirical examples from three interactive sustainability research projects, based in Canada and Switzerland. The article discusses the challenges that require a reconfiguration of institutional and organizational structures to seize the full potential of interactive sustainability research.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)379-390
    Number of pages12
    JournalScience and Public Policy
    Volume38
    Issue number5
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jun 2011

    Fingerprint

    sustainability
    research process
    organizational structure
    Switzerland
    typology
    research project
    social policy
    funding
    stakeholder
    Canada

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Geography, Planning and Development
    • Public Administration
    • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

    Cite this

    User engagement in sustainability research. / Talwar, Sonia; Wiek, Arnim; Robinson, John.

    In: Science and Public Policy, Vol. 38, No. 5, 06.2011, p. 379-390.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Talwar, Sonia ; Wiek, Arnim ; Robinson, John. / User engagement in sustainability research. In: Science and Public Policy. 2011 ; Vol. 38, No. 5. pp. 379-390.
    @article{1a03740b9108430980109927b9879b37,
    title = "User engagement in sustainability research",
    abstract = "User engagement, stakeholder involvement, and public consultation in sustainability research have received increased attention over the last decade. Key driving factors behind this are that social outcomes, policy relevance, and user engagement have all become requirements for securing research funding. Many articles have provided compelling arguments for the need to reconsider why, when and how users are engaged within the research process. We propose a typology of user engagement strategies in research, focusing on the actual research process and emphasizing types of engagement in research. We illustrate these types with a comparative analysis of empirical examples from three interactive sustainability research projects, based in Canada and Switzerland. The article discusses the challenges that require a reconfiguration of institutional and organizational structures to seize the full potential of interactive sustainability research.",
    author = "Sonia Talwar and Arnim Wiek and John Robinson",
    year = "2011",
    month = "6",
    doi = "10.3152/030234211X12960315267615",
    language = "English (US)",
    volume = "38",
    pages = "379--390",
    journal = "Science and Public Policy",
    issn = "0302-3427",
    publisher = "Beech Tree Publishing",
    number = "5",

    }

    TY - JOUR

    T1 - User engagement in sustainability research

    AU - Talwar, Sonia

    AU - Wiek, Arnim

    AU - Robinson, John

    PY - 2011/6

    Y1 - 2011/6

    N2 - User engagement, stakeholder involvement, and public consultation in sustainability research have received increased attention over the last decade. Key driving factors behind this are that social outcomes, policy relevance, and user engagement have all become requirements for securing research funding. Many articles have provided compelling arguments for the need to reconsider why, when and how users are engaged within the research process. We propose a typology of user engagement strategies in research, focusing on the actual research process and emphasizing types of engagement in research. We illustrate these types with a comparative analysis of empirical examples from three interactive sustainability research projects, based in Canada and Switzerland. The article discusses the challenges that require a reconfiguration of institutional and organizational structures to seize the full potential of interactive sustainability research.

    AB - User engagement, stakeholder involvement, and public consultation in sustainability research have received increased attention over the last decade. Key driving factors behind this are that social outcomes, policy relevance, and user engagement have all become requirements for securing research funding. Many articles have provided compelling arguments for the need to reconsider why, when and how users are engaged within the research process. We propose a typology of user engagement strategies in research, focusing on the actual research process and emphasizing types of engagement in research. We illustrate these types with a comparative analysis of empirical examples from three interactive sustainability research projects, based in Canada and Switzerland. The article discusses the challenges that require a reconfiguration of institutional and organizational structures to seize the full potential of interactive sustainability research.

    UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=79959871850&partnerID=8YFLogxK

    UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=79959871850&partnerID=8YFLogxK

    U2 - 10.3152/030234211X12960315267615

    DO - 10.3152/030234211X12960315267615

    M3 - Article

    AN - SCOPUS:79959871850

    VL - 38

    SP - 379

    EP - 390

    JO - Science and Public Policy

    JF - Science and Public Policy

    SN - 0302-3427

    IS - 5

    ER -