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Transformations Conference: Africa – ‘Philosophical Underpinnings’ In Decolonizing Research Methods For Transformation Towards Sustainability

18th June 2021 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

This plenary session is open to registered participants at the Transformations Conference 2021.

This event is convened by the Africa Research and Impact Network (ARIN).

CONVENERS: Joanes Atela and Joel Onyango. With contributions from Andrew Stirling, Laura Pereira, Nadia Sitas, and Jessica Cockburn

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In contributing to the decoloniality imperative, the session focuses on different ontological and epistemological perspectives associated with decolonizing methodologies. The session will involve a brief introduction on the concept of decolonizing methods for sustainability research to transformation, followed by a tripartite (academia/research, practice/practitioners, policy) engagement to: i) explore what philosophical underpinnings in sustainability research means in the various contexts; ii) define the implications of decolonizing the dominant narratives that are associated with the cultural diversity in the way knowledge is generated, used, and passed; iii) develop indicators for practice and policy in decolonizing how evidence in the space may be applicable; and iv) deliver a three-point research agenda for decolonizing research towards transformation sustainability (anchored in the philosophical development of research and practice).

This event is linked to the STEPS Centre’s 2021 theme: Methods

About Methods: OUR THEME FOR 2021

methodsMany methods offer ways to link knowledge and action for sustainability. But there are intense pressures to close down and narrow the way knowledge is produced and used for instrumental ends.

What methodological assemblages, frameworks, tools and associated ways of being could help challenge these pressures, open up to more perspectives and participation in research, and allow us to pursue more plural pathways to sustainability?

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18th June 2021
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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