Geographies of Knowledge
Research in the ‘Geographies of Knowledge’ group studies how knowledge about the world is made, contested, authorized and used with particular regard to situated historical, cultural and political processes.
The group seeks to understand and explain the spatially differentiated ways in which different knowledge claims emerge, become institutionalised and travel; and how they are then transformed, vernacularized and disputed by diverse actors and challenged by other ontologies. Members are particularly interested in how different knowledges – for example lay, scientific, western, non-western – gain ascendancy and enter into policy processes, especially in relation to topics such as (currently) poverty alleviation, reducing climatic risks, resource allocation and sustainability or balancing national budgets.
The Group’s members undertake this work at a variety of multiscale sites across the global North and South, embracing plural ontologies and diverse epistemic practices such as narrative, observation, modelling, elicitation and deliberation. Research in the group draws on approaches from science and technology studies, geographies of science, poststructuralism (especially postcolonial/decolonial traditions), historical geography and critical political economy and the Group has expertise particularly in fields of development, climate change, polar politics, scientific advice and the politics of expertise.
Their work aims to contribute to more inclusive knowledge production, democratic decision-making and active citizenship and it engages with contemporary debates about the changing roles of expertise in the public sphere and in pedagogy.
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