Co-production of Knowledge

The co-production of knowledge is increasingly referenced as a best practice approach to collaborative, transdisciplinary, action-oriented research in the Arctic and beyond. Co-production of knowledge is a collaborative and equitable process that brings different knowledge systems and methodologies together in a holistic view to address research, policy, and management interests. In the Arctic, co-production most often refers to processes that support synergistic roles for Indigenous knowledge holders and conventional scientists based on principles of equity, reciprocity and commitment to relationship building. The NNA-CO will build capacity within the NNA research community to recognize and practice meaningful engagement and partnership with Indigenous Peoples and communities.

In support of this objective, the NNA-CO will undertake several key activities. The first is to develop a training for initiating, designing and implementing collaborative research with Arctic Indigenous communities. The training will provide practical information for future NNA project proposers such as how and when to engage Tribal institutions, how to establish community-led data sharing agreements, and how to identify and address cultural barriers, power imbalances, compensation, and logistical and financial constraints. A second activity is the creation of a culturally appropriate curriculum to advance collaborative and community-based Arctic research. NNA researchers will be invited to contribute guest lectures and content to the course, which will be developed for online instruction through Alaska Pacific University and in cooperation with the University of the Arctic. Finally, the NNA-CO will establish mechanisms for Indigenous communities to share their research interests and needs with NNA scientists by partnering with Indigenous-led organizations and hosting regular engagement opportunities at meetings and conferences that draw both researchers and Indigenous participants. Research-community connections will be communicated through a monthly podcast series that will be made available online and to rural Alaska communities in partnership with Indian Country Today, which has their Alaska bureau hosted at APU.