We encourage the MRI community to contribute a mountains perspective to this Special Issue of the journal Current Research in Environmental Sustainability, which aims to showcase the concepts and practice of knowledge co-production while increasing peer-reviewed evidence. Focus is on documenting methodological advances. 

Submission deadline 31 May 2021.

Most environmental systems that we study are complex, with manifold interaction effects that are often invisible, changing over time, and with properties that are difficult to determine. The system’s complexity, in turn, gives rise to ‘wicked’ problems that are approached from multiple, sometimes competing, perspectives. These problems cannot be understood or solved without taking a wide range of actors into account with a range of interests and perceptions. Scientists closely collaborate with relevant actors in order to use their knowledge to understand the cause-effect of complex problems. This transdisciplinary approach of knowledge co-production helps to find sustainable and collaborative solutions.

Purpose of Special Issue

 A large range of approaches, methods, and concrete tools have been developed and applied in recent years to operationalise this co-production. Yet, communities are working in isolation; methods are applied ad-hoc or lack conceptual foundation; and documentation in peer-reviewed literature is often absent. This Special Issue means to showcase an important aspect of Sustainability Research – the concepts and practice of knowledge co-production – while increasing peer-reviewed evidence. Focus is on documenting methodological advances.

Possible topics

Papers could cover, but are not limited to:

  • Climate services, including embedding in broader stakeholder communities (e.g. businesses, finance sector).
  • New conceptual and theoretical frontiers in transdisciplinarity research
  • Visualisation and communication methods, including apps, techniques and interactive tools, such as participatory model building
  • Methodological innovations in storytelling, qualitative scenario development and forecasting related to both biophysical and social systems
  • Qualitative-quantitative scenario integration: novel methods to better integrate quantitative (model) data with bottom-up context dependent qualitative knowledge
  • Social learning processes in transdisciplinary co-production (e.g. reflexivity, reframing, or commitment).

Submission instructions

The submission website for this journal is located at https://www.editorialmanager.com/crsust/default.aspx To ensure the manuscripts are correctly identified for inclusion into the special issue, it is important to choose the article type as “VSI: Stakeholder engagement” when submitting the papers to the journal.

The Article Publishing Charges (APCs) will be waived for papers that are submitted before 31 December 2020.

Submission deadline

The deadline for making a contribution to the special issue is 31 May 2021.


Kasper Kok
Wageningen University, Wageningen, Netherlands
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