Knowledge mobilization: stepping into interdependent and relational space using co-creation

Skipper, Y. and Pepler, D. J. (2021) Knowledge mobilization: stepping into interdependent and relational space using co-creation. Action Research, 19(3), pp. 588-605. (doi: 10.1177/1476750320960810)

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In recent years, there has been a growing interest in using co-creation approaches, with academics and partners working together to create research and interventions to achieve impact. Action research typically starts with the question ‘how can we improve this situation?’ and then co-creates knowledge with and not on or for people. This approach contrasts with conventional approaches in which academics create knowledge and then disseminate it to users via conferences, reports etc. The co-creative approach involves a shift in academics’ thinking and approaches. The success of co-creation depends on the academic shifting from being self-focussed and independent to being other-focussed and interdependent. In this paper, we outline the theoretical background that has informed our thinking and practices related to knowledge mobilization, and our novel relational approach. We illustrate our approach using two co-created projects, focused on enhancing early literacy and supporting mothers with substance use problems. We hope that this will help others consider when it may be appropriate to use a co-creative approach and how to engage in this co-creation process, including awareness of common barriers and benefits.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Skipper, Dr Yvonne
Authors: Skipper, Y., and Pepler, D. J.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education
College of Social Sciences > School of Education > People, Place & Social Change
Journal Name:Action Research
Publisher:SAGE Publications
ISSN (Online):1741-2617
Published Online:12 October 2020
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2020 The Authors
First Published:First published in Action Research 19(3): 588-605
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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