On February 17, the ESRC STEPS Centre launched a series of virtual dialogues on methodologies, exploring the theme of ‘Challenging Research’ for sustainability. It’s the last year of ESRC STEPS, dedicated to Methods. This first event was called “Transdisciplinary methods, relationships, politics and praxis”.
Anabel Marín, director of Bioleft, discussed Bioleft methodologies with scholars from three continents -part of the STEPS global consortium- and for a global audience. What does it mean to ‘open up’ research to enable plural knowledges and views to be included and considered? Why and how do we ‘broaden out’ to reveal potential pathways of development that could support diverse emancipatory futures?
Andy Stirling (STEPS/University of Sussex); Anabel Marin (IDS); Lakshmi Charli-Joseph and Patricia Pérez-Belmont (LANCIS-IE-UNAM/Umbela); Dr Joel Onyango and Joanes Atela (ACTS/ARIN), discussed these topics and shared the learnings that their teams found after several years of transdisciplinary research-action on the open field. Anabel Marín explained how Bioleft embraces openness, co-design and negotitation at its core: “Nobody is outsider”.
The panel reflected on their diverse transdisciplinary journeys, and stimulate discussion about the kinds of methodological assemblages, frameworks, tools and associated ways of being that might enable us collectively to push our praxis towards transformation.
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