11.4 “We cannot make it alone”: Facing Our Grand Challenges Together

  • Benedikte Borgström Malmö University
  • Jenny Helin Uppsala University
  • Anette Johansson Jönköping University
  • Maria Norbäck University of Gothenburg
Keywords: Action Research, Collaborative Research, Engaged Research, Collaboration, Method, Collaborative Research


The transformation needed to live in a world that overcomes current challenges, such as climate change, increased economic inequality, and political polarization and populism, requires that we as academics move beyond traditional academic boundaries. We cannot make any transformation alone. To that aim, new kinds of research collaborations have been called for.We are in particular interested in the actual practices of collaboration, based on questions such as: What does “collaboration” mean in your research? How do you actually go about and collaborate with students, other researchers, firms, non-profit organizations, in smaller settings or big-scale networks? What kind of methods do you find generative for a collaborative process to unfold? 

In trying to ‘walk the talk’, a generous atmosphere will be aimed for in this track, where we invite participants to learn together, from our attempts of collaboration (that may have been successful or not).


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