Method seminars

Method seminars are arranged as part of the Open Research School, open to anyone interested to learn more about co-production and transdisciplinary approaches. 

International workshop on facilitation for transdisciplinary research

Method Seminar: A joint Mistra Urban Futures & Intrepid Cost Action initiative 

Date:  14th March 2019 
Place: Chalmers Conference Center, Venue Ascom, Gothenburg, Sweden

Facilitation is commonly interpreted according to procedures and practical attributes that are meant to enhance the realization of desired outcomes of events, educational programs, projects or other collective activities. Although it can be helpful to learn about facilitation in different professional domains these contributions commonly address subjects and purposes that are quite different from interdisciplinary (ID) and transdisciplinary (TD) teaching, research and practice. This workshop will address this gap in order to highlight how facilitators can enable participatory action research that is also transdisciplinary.

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Method Seminar - Complexity and Conflicts as Societal Transformation with Bernard Le Roux, Dialogues

Managing complex social conflicts asks for an approach that requires the responsible authority to make choices, in respect to the design of the process and the skills required to mediate or facilitate the conflict at hand. Which is not about a simple “yes” or “no” to public dialogue.

Date: 29th November 2018
Place: Mistra Urban Futures, Läraregatan 3, Gothenburg, Sweden

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Professor Etiënne Rouwette, Institute for Management Research, Radboud university, Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

This Open Method Seminar is a collaboration with Urban Futures Open Research School and Department of Sociology and Work Science, Gothenburg University.

Date: 12 June 2018
Place: Mistra Urban Futures, Läraregatan 3, Gothenburg, Sweden

Group model building is a facilitative modelling technique specifically designed for dealing with situations in which stakeholders all have a role in, opinions about and usually a stake in a particular issue. Professor Etiënne Rouwette will describe how Group model building can be used to support a constructive process among stakeholders with different interests, views and preferences, using a case addressing problems in a neighbourhood in the outskirts of a Dutch city. Surveys showed safety fluctuating at a too low level over several years. The problems included public nuisance and criminality, improper use of public space and intimidation of new residents. The process initiated involved representatives of the municipality, police, public prosecutor’s office, housing associations, schools and the welfare office.

Professor Etiënne Rouwette will further give us an overview of the work done by himself and his colleagues on facilitation methods for working with groups of stakeholders on complex urban issues.