‘Co-producing’ Knowledge, Producing End-Users: The Production, Circulation, and Use of Climate Knowledge in Tanzania

Authors: Meaghan Daly*, University of New England, Mara J. Goldman, University of Colorado Boulder
Topics: Cultural and Political Ecology, Global Change, Development
Keywords: co-production, climate adaptation, subjectivities, identities, Tanzania
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 4:45 PM
Room: Cabinet Room, Omni, West
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There has been a growing call for the ‘co-production’ of scientific climate information and services to inform climate adaptation, particularly in developing contexts. In practice, co-production has most often been interpreted as a purely instrumental process of ‘joint’ knowledge production between ‘producers’ and ‘users’ of climate information, often with a focus on integrating ‘scientific’ and ‘indigenous’ or ‘local’ knowledges. However, the ‘idiom of co-production’ (Jasanoff 2004) is concerned with the mutually constitutive dynamics between knowledge and social orders, as well as the epistemological debates about the credibility and legitimacy of knowledge that occur within these. Drawing on multi-method fieldwork conducted at multiple institutional scales in Tanzania and employing a relational ontologies theoretical perspective, this paper will trace the production, circulation, and application of climate knowledge(s) in an effort understand the current science-society configurations that serve to mediate interactions between multiple climate knowledge(s), as well as human and non-human actors. This paper will illustrate how current modes of production and circulation of climate knowledge(s) serve to shape debates about epistemic authority, including what ‘counts’ as knowledge in the context of climate adaptation policy discourses. Findings elucidate the ways in which new models of science-society interaction create new (or sustain / reinforce existing) subjectivities of ‘producers’ and ‘users’ of climate knowledge and attendant conceptualizations of who should be considered ‘participants’ in processes of ‘co-production,’ but also illustrate the shifting, relational, and emergent nature of identities that can be strategically deployed as a form of resistance in response to imposed subjectivities.

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