The evolution of local participation and the mode of knowledge production in Arctic research
Nicolas D. Brunet, Department of Natural Resource Sciences, McGill University
Gordon M. Hickey, Department of Natural Resource Sciences, McGill University
Murray M. Humphries, Centre for Indigenous Peoples' Nutrition and Environment, McGill University
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Arctic science is often claimed to have been transformed by the increased involvement of local people, but these claims of a new research paradigm have not been empirically evaluated. We argue that the "new" participatory research paradigm emerging in Arctic science embodies many of the principles of the Mode 2 knowledge production framework. Using the Mode 2 thesis as an assessment framework, we examined research articles appearing between 1965 and 2010 in the journal Arctic
to assess the extent to which there has been a paradigm shift toward more participatory approaches. Results suggest that the involvement of local people has increased only slightly over the last half century and continues to vary systematically among disciplines, organizations, and regions. Analysis of three additional journals focused on Arctic and circumpolar science establishes the generality of these slight increases in local involvement. There is clearly room for more community involvement in Arctic science, but achieving this will require either increasing the proportional representation of the organizations, disciplines, and regions with a track record of successful Mode 2 research, or encouraging Mode 2 research innovation within the organizations, disciplines, and regions currently predominated by Mode 1 approaches.
civic science; community participation; environmental change; Mode 2; research policy; traditional knowledge
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