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Co-Creativity and Engaged Scholarship

Transformative Methods in Social Sustainability Research

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  • A unique overview of transdisciplinary approaches to researching and communicating community environmental practice
  • Demonstrates how to engage in impactful research realising the full potential of transdisciplinary science
  • Invaluable reference for researchers working across a range of different institutions and community settings
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Table of contents (17 chapters)


About this book

This open access book explores creative and collaborative forms of research praxis within the social sustainability sciences. The term co-creativity is used in reference to both individual methods and overarching research approaches. Supported by a series of in-depth examples, the edited collection critically reviews the potential of co-creative research praxis to nurture just and transformative processes of change. Included amongst the individual chapters are first-hand accounts of such as: militant research strategies and guerrilla narrative, decolonial participative approaches, appreciative inquiry and care-ethics, deep-mapping, photo-voice, community-arts, digital participatory mapping, creative workshops and living labs. The collection considers how, through socially inclusive forms of action and reflection, such co-creative methods can be used to stimulate alternative understandings of why and how things are, and how they could be. It provides illustrations of (and problematizes) the use of co-creative methods as overtly disruptive interventions in their own right, and as a means of enriching the transformative potential of transdisciplinary and more traditional forms of social science research inquiry. The positionality of the researcher, together with the emotional and embodied dimensions of engaged scholarship, are threads which run throughout the book. So too does the question of how to communicate sustainability science research in a meaningful way.

Editors and Affiliations

  • Centre for Agrecology, Water and Resilience (CAWR), Coventry University, Coventry, UK

    Alex Franklin

About the editor

Alex Franklin is an Associate Professor at the Centre for Agroecology, Water & Resilience (CAWR), Coventry University, UK. Her research explores collaborative forms of environmental action and care, with a particular focus on place-based practice, situated knowledge and more-than-human relations.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Co-Creativity and Engaged Scholarship

  • Book Subtitle: Transformative Methods in Social Sustainability Research

  • Editors: Alex Franklin

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2022

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-84247-5Published: 02 December 2021

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-84250-5Published: 02 December 2021

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-84248-2Published: 01 December 2021

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXXI, 559

  • Number of Illustrations: 11 b/w illustrations, 52 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Environmental Policy, Sociology, general, Geography, general, Environment, general, History, general, Human Geography

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