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Year: 2020/2021
Project manager: Vera Helene Hausner
Project code: 352019

The overall aim of ArcticStakes is to advance methodologies for stakeholder involvement in science and public participation in science that can effectively address the sustainability challenges of increased industrial growth in the Arctic. Scientists are involving stakeholders or “citizen scientists” in their research to produce knowledge and evidence for sustainable development- While there has been a large focus on stakeholder involvement for planning, policy- and decision-making, the conceptual and methodological basis for integrating non-academic views and knowledge with science holds potential as an interdisciplinary field of collaboration between social and environmental scientists. In ArcticStake we draw on the broad range of expertise available at the FRAM centre to build tools for stakeholder involvement in science with the purpose of solving or navigating the sustainability challenges that the Arctic is facing. We will evaluate, review and pilot methods for knowledge elicitation targeting different kinds of stakeholders using different methods such as participatory mapping, group techniques, workshops, expert elicitation and scenarios analysis. Our ultimate goal is to make a systematic map of the different tools based on their conceptual and methodological underpinnings, and evaluate their capacity to enhance the quality, salience, credibility, and legitimacy of the information and knowledge produced1. Based on our findings we develop teaching and training material for scientists at FRAM centre and graduate students that want to improve stakeholder involvement and public participation in science in their work.

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