Scholars in the social studies of science have called an end to the era when science is the benchmark against which all other knowledge systems are compared. There are clearly ethical, legal, and political barriers to the mobilization of local knowledge outside its context of production to inform decision-making at different scales. Our Collaboratory supports and engages in reflexive practices that mobilize and co-produce local knowledges in ways that do not homogenize, colonize, and undervalue traditional, Indigenous, tacit and experiential knowledges by treating them simply as objects available to extractive research.

The Local Knowledges Collaboratory seeks to:

  • Support the exchange of knowledge and reflexive practices in the co-creative design of research with communities
  • Collect and share educational resources on local knowledges co-production for educators and practitioners
  • Mentor graduate students in developing and conducting research with communities
  • Review different schools of thought on local knowledge mobilization
  • Explore the potential role of local knowledge co-production as a practice of resistance to globalized knowledges
  • Collaborate on ongoing and new transdisciplinary research projects
  • Engage in community-led initiatives