The SDG shortcut: Questioning wood stove heat in Lancaster as coproduction of knowledge

Stanberry, Joanna ORCID logo ORCID: (2022) The SDG shortcut: Questioning wood stove heat in Lancaster as coproduction of knowledge. In: Lancaster University Postgraduate Research Conference, 12 November 2022, Lancaster, UK. (Unpublished)

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As an area of applied research the UN Sustainable Development Goals represent the coming together of diverse actors across knowledges, nationality, region, and academic disciplines–every nation signed on. The goals, indicators, and targets and their encapsulation into People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace, and Partnerships, represent the outcome of these collaborations (Brown & Rasmussen 2019). However, the implementation of the SDGs is falling far short of targets (Ciarli et al, 2022), and criticisms of the economic and consumption models on which it is based suggest systems-wide failures are likely (Bendell 2022). This poster describes a heuristic framework to introduce the possibility that, when taken as a whole and not in parts, the SDGs could organize human imagination towards the project of highlighting the conceptual inconsistencies of the Goals and sparking co-creation of convergence research that shifts paradigms by integrating knowledges and sectors (NRC, 2014). Heuristics are an effective tool for integrating theory and practice (Kahneman & Frederick, 2005). Instead of conclusive or validated distinctions, they provide “provocative and catalytic” categories and reveal their use and implications in concrete examples (Stirling 2014). In participatory frameworks for research they can be reflexive processes that help the researcher explore, focus, and raise awareness (Alexakos 2015). This heuristic exercise begins with the question—In light of both the climate emergency and the energy crisis, what part could or should wood stove heat play in the energy transition in Lancaster? Then moving through the five “Ps” under which the 17 SDGs are grouped, the framework reflects each “P” concept with its requisite goals onto the problem. When data generated from the heuristic exercise is then located within a Sustainability Science framework for crafting usable knowledge in Socio-Ecological Systems (Clark et al, 2016), a sketch of possible novel pathways for knowledge coproduction and “informed agitation” emerges (Sen 2013, Clark & Harley 2020).

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Departments: Institute of Business, Industry and Leadership > Institute for Leadership and Sustainability (IFLAS)
Additional Information: Poster by Joanna Stanberry, PhD Student, University of Cumbria, UK, won Lancaster University Postgraduate Research Conference 2022 best poster award.
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2023 16:17
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2024 14:15


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