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Co-Creativity and Engaged Scholarship

Transformative Methods in Social Sustainability Research

  • A unique overview of transdisciplinary approaches to researching and communicating community environmental practice
  • Demonstrates how to engage in impactful research realising the full potential of transdisciplinary science
  • Invaluable reference for researchers working across a range of different institutions and community settings
  • This book is open access, which means that you have free and unlimited access

1. Front Matter

Pages i-xxxi

2. Introduction: Sustainability Science as Co-Creative Research Praxis

Alex Franklin

Pages 1-42

3. Painting Outside the Lines: Transgressing the Managerial University, Avoiding Forced Creativity

Stephen Leitheiser, Rubén Vezzoni, Viola Hakkarainen

Pages 43-73

4. Cooking Commoning Subjectivities: Guerrilla Narrative in the Cooperation Birmingham Solidarity Kitchen

Sergio Ruiz Cayuela, Marco Armiero

Pages 75-104

5. Participative and Decolonial Approaches in Environmental History

Sofía De la Rosa Solano, Alex Franklin, Luke Owen

Pages 105-129

6. An Ethos and Practice of Appreciation for Transformative Research: Appreciative Inquiry, Care Ethics, and Creative Methods

Angela Moriggi

Pages 131-164

7. Imaginative Leadership: A Conceptual Frame for the Design and Facilitation of Creative Methods and Generative Engagement

Kelli R. Pearson

Pages 165-204

8. Insights and Inspiration from Explorative Research into the Impacts of a Community Arts Project

Gwenda Van der Vaart

Pages 205-227

9. How to Nurture Ground for Arts-Based Co-Creative Practice in an Invited Space: Reflections on a Community in North Netherlands

Scott Davis, Yanthe van Nek, Lummina G. Horlings

Pages 229-263

10. Reflections on Doing Cross-Cultural Research Through and with Visual Methods

Kei Yan Leung

Pages 265-297

11. The Eye of the Beholder: Applying Visual Analysis in an Historical Study of Lynxes’ Representations in the Bavarian Forest Region

Zhanna Baimukhamedova

Pages 299-321

12. Back to the Drawing Board: Creative Mapping Methods for Inclusion and Connection

Talitta Reitz

Pages 323-355

13. ‘Getting Deep into Things’: Deep Mapping in a ‘Vacant’ Landscape

Imogen Humphris, Lummina G. Horlings, Iain Biggs

Pages 357-390

14. Engaging ‘Future Generations’ in Meaning Making through Visual Methods: An Alternative Approach to Defining City-Regions

Lorena Axinte

Pages 391-416

15. Technology as a Tool for Environmental Engagement. The Case of Digital Participatory Mapping (DPM)

Nohemi Ramirez Aranda, Rubén Vezzoni

Pages 417-455

16. Living Labs: A Creative and Collaborative Planning Approach

Maria Alina Rădulescu, Wim Leendertse, Jos Arts

Pages 457-491

17. Supporting Institutional Transformations: Experimenting with Reflexive and Embodied Cross-Boundary Research

Gloria Giambartolomei, Alex Franklin, Jana Fried

Pages 493-525

18. How to Make Policy-Makers Care about “Wicked Problems” such as Biodiversity Loss?—The Case of a Policy Campaign

Agnes Zolyomi

Pages 527-553

19. Back Matter

Pages 555-559


This open access book explores creative and collaborative research methods within the social sustainability sciences. The term co-creativity is used in reference to both individual methods and overarching research approaches that, through socially inclusive forms of action and reflection, stimulate alternative understandings of why and how things are, and how they could be. Supported by a wide-ranging series of in-depth—including chapters on militant research and guerrilla narrative, decolonial participative approaches, appreciate inquiry and care-ethics, deep-mapping, photo-voice, community-arts, digital participatory mapping, and living labs—the edited collection critically reviews the potential of creative, collaborative and transdisciplinary forms of research praxis to nurture just and transformative processes of change. This includes considering the role of narrative, creative workshops, visual and arts-based forms of research in contributing to engaged scholarship, as well also as a range of methods from field of critical cartography. The positionality of the researcher, together with the emotional and embodied dimensions of ‘doing’ transdisciplinary research are threads which run throughout the collection. So too does the question of how to communicate sustainability science research in meaningful way.

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sustainability, transdisciplinary, methods, mixed methods, creative research methods, social sustainability science, research methods, resilient, environmental practice, open access

Editors and affiliations

Alex Franklin

Centre for Agrecology, Water and Resilience (CAWR)Coventry UniversityCoventryUK

About the editors

Alex Franklin is an Associate Professor at the Centre for Agroecology, Water & Resilience (CAWR), Coventry University, UK. Her research explores collaborative forms of environmental action and care, with a particular focus on place-based practice, situated knowledge and more-than-human relations.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title: Co-Creativity and Engaged Scholarship
  • Book Subtitle: Transformative Methods in Social Sustainability Research
  • Editors: Alex Franklin
  • DOI:
  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2022
  • License: CC BY
  • Publisher Name: Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-84247-5
  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-84250-5
  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-84248-2
  • Edition Number: 1
  • Number of Pages: XXXI, 559
  • Number of Illustrations: 11 b/w illustrations, 52 illustrations in colour
  • Topics: Environmental Policy, Sociology, general, Geography, general, Environment, general, History, general, Human Geography