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Open Access Sustainability Science with Ozzy Osbourne, Julia Roberts and Ai Weiwei: The Potential of Arts-Based Research for Sustainable Development

This article is Open Access under the terms of the Creative Commons CC BY licence.

Transdisciplinary sustainability science is focussing on the integration of different forms of knowledge. Despite significant methodological diversity, the dominant mode of knowledge production, representation and communication in transdisciplinary research is, however, quite traditional: it is based on gathering data followed by a text-based scientific argumentation. In recent times, arts-based and sensory approaches in social and cultural sciences have been employed to avoid scientific reductionism and gain more holistic insights into human experiences. The potential of arts-based research for opening up new ways of knowledge production and communication in sustainability science should be seized.

Keywords: arts-based research; human-nature interaction; methodological innovation; sensory ethnography; sensory sustainability science; transdisciplinarity; transformational sustainability science

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2018

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