Co-creative research brings together actors from science, politics, industry, culture, public administration and civil society around a common concern - especially when challenges are complex and demand for diverse types of expertise. Then it is important to cooperatively generate knowledge and collectively define suitable research designs.
In your research, would you like to:
- draw on different forms of expertise?
- work with practitioners?
- include actors from outside academia and improve your projects with collaborative methods?
Then consider getting back to us! We support you in developing tailor-made co-creative solutions for your research agenda!
Feel free to contact us here: firstname.lastname@example.org(ko-kreation"AT"uni-hamburg.de)
To begin, feel free to have a look at our frequently asked questions:
How does co-creative research become a success?
Of course, there is not one right way, time or topic for doing co-creative research. However, it helps to consider some core principles:
- Remain open at any time for interested or concerned groups
- Loosen up rigid hierarchies
- Accommodate different types of expertise
- Develop iterative research processes
- Create knowledge collaboratively and interactively
- Focus on concrete issues and areas of application
- Stay methodologically versatile and act in a context-sensitive way
How does co-creative research work in practice?
Co-creative research can have many faces and achieve different things. Two aspects are particularly important:
Collaboration: The encounter of scientific and non-scientific actors (e.g., from civil society, politics, culture, industry, or public administration) around a common concern or project is at the core of co-creative research. The partners design and implement their project collaboratively across all phases of the scientific process. Open-mindedness towards different types of knowledge and the willingness to face controversies are the basis for respectful and constructive collective action.
Creativity: Co-creative approaches are always in flux: new phenomena, unexpected research questions, concrete prototypes, applications, or development plans can emerge. However, appropriate formats and methods can foster collective action around such creativity and openness.
Why is co-creation interesting / relevant for my research?
When it comes to adressing complex societal challenges such as climate change, digitalisation, artificial intelligence or pandemics, it is paramount to take into account different problematisations, values and types of knowledge. Consequently, co-creative research directly involves affected and interested actors - be they from civil society, politics, industry or administration - throughout the research process.
In times of fake news, populism, and scepticism towards scientific research, it is particularly important not to keep science hidden in laboratories and journals. Instead, we need to make it tangible, understandable, and discussable as an important social practice.
Co-creativity offers opportunities to enrich one's own research and increase its relevance. Moreover: Funding bodies also increasingly value the involvement of non-academic stakeholders.
How can the Knowledge Exchange Agency support me? Are there any specific offers?
We are experienced practitioners and researchers from various disciplines. We are ready to support your co-creative research project at every stage: whether you would like to brainstorm about co-creative elements in your research, you already have concrete ideas for implementation or you just want to discuss and share your experiences.
We inspire, advise and support you in:
- identifying co-creative potential or relevant stakeholders
- developing concrete formats and methods
- facilitating participatory processes
- carrying out retrospective evaluation and reflection
Feel free to contact us! We look forward to talking to you!
I am already doing co-creative research. Should I contact you anyway?
Absolutely! We want to understand how you work and what projects you’ve already implemented! Furthermore, we would be happy to reflect with you on both past projects and future co-creative research activities.