The Bartlett Development Planning Unit


KNOW Working Paper - No. 1

Knowledge co-production for urban equality


31 May 2019

By Emmanuel Osuteye,  Catalina Ortiz, Barbara Lipietz,  Vanesa Castán Broto, Cassidy Johnson,  Wilbard Kombe

ISSN 2632-7562

This working paper serves as the basis for a critical examination of the notion of knowledge co-production. The paper examines how the idea of knowledge co-production has emerged in relation to the parallel but distinct concept of service co-production and the participatory development planning tradition. It also examines the variety of processes of knowledge co-production that may take place in the context of academic research. 

In doing so, the working paper highlights the centrality of knowledge co-production in the Knowledge in Action for Urban Equality (KNOW) project’s research strategy, with a focus on actionable knowledge that may support transformative trajectories towards urban equality. Such an approach is based on the view that knowledge production underpins the process, ethics, and outcomes of any urban development intervention. 

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KNOW Working Paper Series 

KNOW Working Papers provide an outlet for Investigators, City Partners and Associates engaged with the Knowledge in Action for Urban Equality (KNOW) programme, located at the Bartlett Development Planning Unit, UCL. They reflect work in progress on the KNOW programme in the fields of urban equality, resilience, prosperity, extreme poverty, and urban development policy, planning, research and capacity building in cities of the global South. KNOW Working Papers are produced with the aim to disseminate ideas, initiate discussions and elicit feedback. 
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