Reconstructing Powerful Knowledge in an era of climate change

Keywords: science, policy, locality, climate, adaptation


Purpose: Identifies a hierarchy of information and argues that professional knowledge has marginalized ‘local knowledge’.  Methodology/Approach: In a review of recent research, the paper offers examples of how ‘wicked problems’ (from obesity to climate change) impose different burdens on different communities, which foregrounds the value of residents’ experiences. Findings: In an era of climate change, adaptive planning must incorporate ‘local knowledge’, which may return to older technologies and established practices. Research Implication: The paper argues that ‘local knowledge’ can be ‘powerful knowledge’, as discussed within   educational research, which has important implications for school and college curricula.   Originality/Value of paper: Amateur experts, citizen observatories and crowd sourced data can all play significant roles within communities facing new forms of risk and hazard.


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Author Biography

Andrew Kirby, Arizona State University
Andrew Kirby is Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences. His research is primarily focused on urban issues and he teaches an undergraduate class on Sustainable Cities. He is Editor of Current Research on Cities, City Profiles Editor of Cities: the international journal of Urban Policy and Planning; and co-editor of the University of Arizona Press series Society, Environment and Place. He has taught in Arizona since 1988. PhD, Geography, University of Newcastle, 1976


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How to Cite
Kirby, A. (2020). Reconstructing Powerful Knowledge in an era of climate change. Revista Produção E Desenvolvimento, 6.
Evaluation, Public Management & Development