New EADP Discussion Paper Gives Guidance on How to Communicate in Transdisciplinary Projects
The latest addition to the EADP Discussion Paper series analyses the status quo and best practices regarding communications with local populations. “Communications on climate change and biodiversity loss with local populations: Exploring best-practices and postcolonial moments in eight case studies from across the globe” is the result of a one-year-long investigation with 25 international experts under the lead of EADP director Dawud Ansari and Amazon rainforest expert Regine Schönenberg. The paper considers the lessons learnt from eight different case studies in which researchers or development practitioners communicate with local communities.
The investigation offers unique insights into the knowledge generation process and asks how projects can achieve postcolonial moments–a communicative utopia in which epistemic power relations are disrupted. The researchers propose a new set of indicators for good stakeholder communication and reveal that trust-building, time-management, and awareness among the project team are crucial for success. However, the article also expresses concerns that funding agencies in science and international development provide too rigid frameworks and require reform.