Connecting the spots

Notes on migration and environment from a geographical perspective

Simon Alexander Peth

Simon Alexander Peth

Simon Peth is a research associate and PhD candidate at the University of Bonn. He studied Human Geography, Agricultural and Development Economics, and Anthropology. Simon has more than five years of research experience focusing on climate change adaptation, human mobility and migration theories. He has conducted empirical research in Ethiopia, Bangladesh and recently focuses on Thailand, Singapore and Germany CONTACT speth@uni-bonn.de

May 11th 2015 by Simon Alexander Peth

From Science to Action, through Co-Production of Knowledge

In April 2015, TransRe started a new phase of trying to make research relevant for practice. According to the motto #notonlyfortheshelf the team had an intense workshop together with our partners from the Raks Thai Foundation (Care) and Chiang Mai University, led by our technical expert and facilitator for toolkit development Dr. Hartmut Fünfgeld from the RMIT’s School of Global, Urban, and Social Studies

In this video podcast, Fünfgeld explains his background, the process, and efforts that TransRe is doing to translate scientific knowledge into practice-relevant formats.

"What is really fascinating about the TransRe Project is, it is conceptually very strong, it is really trying to unpack the notion of translocality as well as the very widely used idea of resilience and really is trying to pull that apart to generate an understanding about practical implications" stresses Fünfgeld.

What is really fascinating about @TransReProject  it generates understanding about practical implications of research

The basic idea of a toolkit is to translate scientific knowledge into practical and tangible methods and processes that can be used in policy development, community initiatives or capacity building.
It is always challenging, especially for social researchers, to come up with a 'toolkit' or practical applications, but "I think it is really important to face that challenge" to make our research more relevant, says Fünfgeld.

One major key for successful toolkit development is the co-production of knowledge. "There is a lot of local knowledge out there, so it is not a matter of us academics or researchers in the TransRe team coming up with a toolkit for communities and development workers. It can only work if we do this in close collaboration with people working on the ground and with the communities, and that is exactly what we are trying to do". Learn more about how we are doing it in our video podcast which was edited by our colleague Simon Peth.