Social innovation is an emerging field, also in the social sciences, across all critical issues in civil society. But there are knowledge gaps, for example, about the relation between social innovation and other types of innovations such as technological innovations, or innovations in art, culture and in the sciences. A new type of research is gaining ground: knowledge co-production. Knowledge co-production is a type of research, where scientists from different disciplines work together with governments, businesses and civil society stakeholders in projects in which knowledge development, local knowledge about problems and solutions go hand in hand.
The symposium ‘Practices in Knowledge Co-Production’ is a one-day gathering of ++Social innovation researchersAn earlier gathering of social innovation researchers in Vancouver raised a hairy questions: how are current research cultures related to social innovation? In this article Marlieke reflects on this topic., that aims to address these knowledge gaps and bring thinkers and do-ers together from across the world to hear about the latest theories, tools and research skills. The following questions will be addressed: ++Undemocratic knowledge productionRead Marlieke’s earlier article on why she thinks the way knowledge is currently produced for policymaking practices is undemocratic and exclusive. What are the drivers and barriers in institutional settings for this type of research? How does this ‘new knowledge’ feed into society? How do public policy instruments support knowledge co-production? What is the role of knowledge institutions to encourage social innovation but also critically reflect on it? The focus will be laid on fields such as labour market, sustainability, care, public participation and data sciences.
Marlieke Kieboom is presenter in the parallel session on ‘research methodologies’. In her talk she will address the questions above by ++KL and social innovation labsListen to Marlieke’s podcast about how Kennisland sets up and runs social innovation labs. across the Netherlands. In these labs she establishes knowledge co-production between citizens, policy makers, academics, teachers and professionals over a social challenge by introducing Kennisland’s methodology Feed Forward. What works, what doesn’t and why?
The symposium is a part of the European Social Innovation Week 2015, which will be held from 14 -18 September in the city of Tilburg. It will be chaired by Prof.dr. Ton Wilthagen. The Rector Magnificus of Tilburg University, Prof. dr Emile Aarts is opening the symposium.