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KU Leuven

Multi-stakeholder cooperation in research: myth or must?

This event explores research partnerships between young scientists and non-governmental organisations with the following questions in mind:

  • How do partnerships between different disciplines work? Does it create the transdisciplinary knowledge creation needed to evolve towards 'systems thinking' and 'systemic change' as claimed?
  • Is a genuine participatory process in which solutions for development are co-created even possible? Or do power imbalances between, for example, partners from developing countries and those based in the North, persist?
  • Do contexts for multistakeholder cooperation really offer an enabling environment for transdisciplinary research? 
  • How precisely are partners who look very differently at knowledge production able to find synergy and complementarity in a multi-stakeholder partnership?

Currently the Multistakeholder Grant funds 8 research projects, two of which are conducted by VVOB in partnership with the Catholic University of Leuven (KULeuven): one in Cambodia and one in South Africa. Colleagues from the relevant countries are participating and presenting about their research.