Chapter 32 Innovative forms of knowledge production: transdisciplinarity and knowledge alliances
Collective Action, Social Learning and Transdisciplinary Research
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This chapter aims to identify effective strategies for producing socially robust knowledge for the elaboration of social innovations. Its first section exposes alternatives to monodisciplinary forms of knowledge production with a focus on transdisciplinarity, an epistemological innovation to foster multi-perspectivity, context-sensitivity and stakeholder involvement and centres on the joint problematization of the field in which actors have to act. Section two presents knowledge alliances as a specific form of transdisciplinarity based on long-term commitment and partnership. In section three and four, the trajectory, potential and limitations of two knowledge alliances, acting at different scales, are exposed: Unequal Diversity as a local knowledge alliance in Vienna and Social Polis as a transnational platform illustrate that knowledge alliances are not only a condition and cradle of social innovation towards a society based on solidarity, diversity and sustainability, but they are social innovations themselves.

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