TRACKS -Transforming Climate Knowledge with and for Society

Project Department: Uni Research Climate (group: Regional Climate & Climate Services) / Uni Research Rokkan Centre (group: Society, Environment and Culture) period: 01.06.14 - 01.06.17

About the project

Uni Research is one of the a partners in the TRACKS project, leaded by Matthias Kaiser at Centre for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities, University of Bergen.

The project aims to study how a community can mobilise high-quality knowledge in support of local climate change adaptation, with a focus on communities in northeast Bangladesh. The focus on Bangladesh reflects its high vulnerability and the international community's commitments to invest in building adaptive capacity in developing countries. Adaptation in northeast Bangladesh is particularly hampered by significant uncertainty and contentiousness about local climate variability and its impacts on local communities, and has been the focus of Norwegian climate science that TRACKS will build on. Starting from philosophy of science, this project offers a perspective on knowledge mobilisation as a social and political process, and seeks to frame this process according to an innovative post-normal science approach, supported by an interdisciplinary consortium. Notably, TRACKS seeks to embed climate science in a social process that also brings together local and traditional knowledge as an extended peer community, to negotiate which knowledge is of the best quality for supporting adaptation in northeast Bangladesh. This approach aspires to produce high quality knowledge on current climate variability, while building capacity within the community to engage with different knowledge systems, including science, for better informed adaptation to future climate change. It also hopes to contribute to the practice and scholarship of community-based adaptation with a toolbox of innovative approaches. TRACKS will give effect to a post-normal science approach using three innovative methods, to ground climate science in its context and bridge the boundaries separating knowledge systems: (1) Narrative concepts; (2) Mediated modelling; and (3) Co-constructed indicators for measuring climate variability and its impacts. Giving effect to these methods demands interdisciplinary collaboration, both between natural and social sciences and between Norwegian and Bangladeshi partners.

Funding source: The Norwegian Research Council

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