Re-imagining knowledge mobilization in a carbon-constrained world: A design research on transnational and transdisciplinary collaborations for Adaptation Futures

Major sustainability challenges, such as climate change, are global; thus, addressing them requires active transnational and cross-sectoral approaches to knowledge sharing for collective action. However, the dominant practice of flying thousands of scientists and delegates to attend climate summits and international meetings is responsible for a significant share of carbon emissions. The question, then, is how to scale up global action while simultaneously reducing the environmental impacts of such operations. The goal of this research is to develop low carbon- and travel-intensive alternatives. It also examines how these alternatives may shape the issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion globally. In collaboration with Ouranos, the insights from this research will be experimented at the 2023 Adaptation Futures conference, which is supported by leading organizations and UN agencies. This Mitacs partnership will extend Ouranos' mission to help Quebec and international communities to better adapt to climate change based on rigorous scientific knowledge.

Ying-Syuan (Elaine) Huang
Faculty Supervisor: 
Blane Harvey
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