Past Event

Michael Petriello - The Power and Precarity of Knowledge Co-production in Environmental Research

April 24, 2023
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Online and In-person: Seismology Building (Seminar Room), Columbia University, 61 Route 9W, New York

Event Description

New collaborative philosophies and approaches are urgently needed to match the increasing complexity, pace, and social realities of global environmental change. In the environmental sciences, the co-production of knowledge ­– also referred to as knowledge co-production or joint knowledge production ­– is gaining recognition for its emphasis on bringing together multiple forms of knowledge (e.g., Indigenous knowledge, Western scientific knowledge) from diverse social groups (e.g., local communities, academics) to iteratively generate data and solutions for today’s most pressing environmental crises, including climate change and biodiversity loss. Yet co-production is not a panacea. Its potential transformative power rests on the precarity of negotiating disciplinary, cultural, and institutional differences and tensions. In this talk, Michael Petriello shares findings and insights about co-production that continue to emerge from collaborative work with the SakKijânginnaniattut Nunatsiavut Sivunitsangit (Sustainable Nunatsiavut Futures project) project. The SakKijânginnaniattut Nunatsiavut Sivunitsangit project is an ongoing knowledge co-production effort among Labrador Inuit, academics, and practitioners centered on climate change and marine spatial planning in Nunatsiavut, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. By using this case study as an anchor for reflection, synthesis, and forecasting, he draws from co-produced research and experience to show how the power and precarity of co-production extend from the willingness and ability of project partners to iteratively conduct research and build relationships together.

Event Speaker

Michael Petriello, Postdoctoral Research Scholar at the Center for Science and Society

Event Information

Free and open to the public, no registration required. Please visit the event webpage for virtual attendance options. Please contact Hung Nguyen at [email protected] with any questions. 

Hosted by the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University.