A critical realist knowledge production: Enhancing a Potential-oriented Approach

Stigendal, Mikael and Novy, Andreas ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8292-9777 (2018) A critical realist knowledge production: Enhancing a Potential-oriented Approach. SRE - Discussion Papers, 2018/06. WU Vienna University of Economics and Business, Vienna.


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This article explores the implications of founding transdisciplinary collaborations of knowledge production in critical realism. We call such equal partnerships of researchers and practitioners knowledge alliances. Using the distinction between the referents that we refer to (what our research is about) and our references (our research about that), we show that practitioners can contribute to the process of knowledge production by providing access to referents and producing references but also by achieving relevance. Researchers and practitioners bring different types of knowledge. To become excellent, knowledge production should be organized in ways, which engage these different types in a constructive interplay. We call this approach potential-oriented, which we put in contrast to the empiricism of evidence-based research and policy-making. Our deliberate choice of the term potential-oriented reflects the shifts in philosophy suggested by critical realism, but also a sensitivity for how practitioners communicate and express themselves.

Item Type: Paper
Keywords: knowledge alliance; critical realism; transdisciplinarity; social cohesion; urban development
Divisions: Departments > Sozioökonomie > Multi-Level Governance and Development
Depositing User: ePub Administrator
Date Deposited: 30 Jul 2018 12:08
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2019 08:05
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URI: https://epub.wu.ac.at/id/eprint/6433


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