Starting a new research project

I recently got funding from the National Research Foundation in South Africa for a research project on ‘Diverse knowledges about the relationship between climate change and water: The case of Sekhukhune’. This project will stretch over three years, and will involve two of my ‘old’ research collaborators – Dr Ruth Stewart from the EPPI-Centre and Karen Nortje from the CSIR – and some post-graduate students.

In the grant application I wrote the following as an abstract for the project:

In this transdisciplinary research project we look at the diverse knowledges about the relations between climate change and water in a specific locality, namely Sekhukhune District Municipality. By making use of a mixed methods research design, which includes as data collection methods a systematic review of the science knowledges, a survey of people’s knowledges, and in-depth interviews of various stakeholders, we will map various sciences and local knowledges in this specific locality to enable us to trace how these knowledges articulate for use in climate change policy and practice decisions in the area. Broadly, we have an interest in what is seen as good evidence under what circumstances by whom and why. Underpinning these questions is a curiosity about articulation between knowledge / science, power and politics. 

ImageSource: Own photo taken at Wathaba

As our project gets off the ground various participants will contribute to this blog to not only record our progress, but ask for engagement and comments on what we hope will be a ‘hot’ topic through which we want to acknowledge ‘fifty shades of evidence’.