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Record number 2085820
Article title Reconciling collaborative action research with existing institutions: insights from Dutch and German climate knowledge programmes
Author(s) Termeer, C.J.A.M. ; Buuren, M.W. van ; Knieling, J. ; Gottschalk, M.
Journal title Journal of water and climate change
Part(Year)Number 6(2015)1
Pages 89 - 103
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Keyword(s) (cab) climate adaptation / regional planning / governance / international comparisons / research policy / netherlands / germany
Categories Climatic Change / Water Management (General)
Publication type Scientific article
Language English
About Both the Netherlands and Germany have set up largescale collaborative action research (CAR) programmes for the governance of adaptation to climate change. By comparing both programmes, this paper explores the difficulties researchers encounter, analyses the underlying mechanisms and presents some lessons. It found that many difficulties are related to the tensions that exist between the assumptions underlying the new collaborative trajectories and the logics of the existing policy and research institutions. These institutional misfits are decisive to explain ultimate difficulties and successes. Furthermore, the paper concludes that risk aversion, stereotyping and scale fixation strengthen institutional misfits; and that these misfits persist due to lacking bridging capabilities. We suggest some lessons that can help to resolve the difficulties and reconcile CAR into existing institutions: organize the knowledge arrangement as a collaborative process; construct boundary objects as focal point for collaboration; and invest in bridging capabilities.
KfC/CcSP  
program Knowledge for Climate (KfC)
theme HS2 Hotspotoverstijgende thema's
project (Thema 7) Governance van adaptatie
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