MANAGER CLIMATE CORPS (MCC)
Tagline: “Collaboration across Worldviews”
The PI-CASC mission delivers science that helps fish, wildlife, water, land, and people adapt to a changing climate. The Manager Climate Corps (MCC) program is a practitioner-driven graduate research program that accomplishes this mission through the process of knowledge co-production. Through this collaborative process we work to increasingly “get to know our neighbors” and unite natural and cultural resource managers with researchers as co-leads in every stage of the research pathway, from the development of the research question, to the methods and analysis, and ultimate utilization of research output. Hosted by the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, the MCC builds adaptive capacity locally by identifying existing professional networks and expanding them through manager-driven research projects and collaborative forums.
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MCC FOUNDATIONAL ELEMENTS
Recognizing and engaging multiple knowledge forms
Supporting trust by locating and building upon long-term, place-based relationships (knowledge networks)
Returning to notions of “community” that center in more-than-human relationships strengthened through daily experience (Abram 1996).
Employing the process of knowledge co-production (community-driven research)
Goal & Objectives
Our goal is to support long-term relationships (i.e., relationality; Tynan 2021) and collaborative, practitioner-driven research projects by uniting local research and management networks through the process of knowledge co-production.
- Identify existing networks of natural and cultural resource managers, policy professionals, community leaders, and other on-the-ground practitioners (henceforth referred to collectively as “managers”) on Hawaiʻi Island.
- Support and expand these local knowledge networks by directly and iteratively connecting managers with research networks in social, biological and physical sciences.
- Sustain network engagement through collaborative networking opportunities and practitioner-driven research projects that offer immediately useful products to local natural resource managers and communities through the process of knowledge co-production.
DEFINING KNOWLEDGE CO-PRODUCTION
As knowledge co-production becomes increasingly familiar across disciplines and professions, definitions are key to illuminating specific approaches to collaborative research amid the spectrum of actionable science pathways. We share this suite of relevant definitions within our programming:
Abram D (1996) The spell of the sensuous: language and perception in a more than human world. Random House, Toronto
Bamzai-Dodson A, Cravens AE, Wade A, McPherson RA (2021) Engaging with stakeholders to produce actionable science: a framework and guidance. Weather, Climate, and Society online. https://doi.org/10.1175/WCAS-D-21-0046.1
Ingold T (2011) The Perception of the Environment: essays on livelihood, dwelling and skill, 2nd edn. Routledge, London.
Laursen S, Puniwai N, Genz AS, Nash SAB, Canale LK, and Ziegler-Chong S (2018) Collaboration across worldviews: managers and scientists on Hawaiʻi Island utilize knowledge coproduction to facilitate climate change adaptation. Environmental Management 62(4): 619-630.
Meadow AM, Ferguson DB, Guido Z, Horangic A, Owen G, Wall T (2015) Moving toward the deliberate coproduction of climate science knowledge. Weather, Climate, and Society 7:179-191. https://doi.org/10.1175/WCAS-D-14-00050.1
Norström AV, Cvitanovic C, Löf MF et al. (2020) Principles for knowledge co-production in sustainability research. Nat Sustain 3, 182–190. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41893-019-0448-2
Tynan L (2021) What is relationality? Indigenous knowledges, practices and responsibilities with kin. Cultural Geographies. 28(4):597-610. doi:10.1177/14744740211029287
Climate Change Adaptation Extension Specialist