- using transmedia to exchange knowledge across a range of communication media;
- building bridges to invite communication amongst diverse knowledge communities; and
- layering to communicate knowledge at varying levels of detail.
Mainstream research and scientific communication focus on transferring expert knowledge to a deficient public – a hierarchical and one way transfer of knowledge.
In contrast, knowledge mobilization processes involve close collaboration between researchers and community actors as co-enquirers as a part of a broader agenda for progressive social change. They involve strategic communication strategies that mobilize knowledge beyond those directly involved in the research process.
We critically examine our own practice as a contested and partial process in tension with the hostile institutional and cultural structures in science and universities that promote a linear knowledge transfer paradigm. This context supports the monopoly of knowledge held by experts and marginalizes other knowledge holders and ways of knowing.
Knowledge mobilization strategies provide a framework to implement research methods, communication processes, and outcomes that are high in impact and relevant in struggles for a more just and resilient society.
Anderson, C. R., & McLachlan, S. M. (2015). Transformative research as knowledge mobilization: Transmedia, bridges, and layers. Action Research, 14(3), 295-317. doi:10.1177/1476750315616684
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