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Building university capabilities to respond to climate change through participatory action research: towards a comparative analytical framework
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    Journal article
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  • Authors:
    Nussey C, Apsan Frediani A, Lagi R, Mazutti J, Nyerere J
  • Publisher:
    Taylor & Francis
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  • Pagination:
    95, 115
  • Journal:
    Journal of Human Development and Capabilities
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  • Keywords:
    institutional capabilities, climate justice, participatory action research (PAR), higher education, universities
This paper aims to explore how the principles of participatory action research (PAR) articulate with questions of climate justice. Drawing on three qualitative case studies in Brazil, Fiji and Kenya, the paper explores university institutional capabilities, asking how the principles of mobilising PAR to support transformative outcomes can further climate justice. The paper argues that for participatory action research to become a pathway to build universities’ capabilities, key considerations are needed. PAR needs to: (a) move beyond change in individual behaviour to respond to climate change and affect institutional norms, procedures and practices; (b) recognise and partner with marginalised groups whose voice and experiences are at the periphery of climate debate, enabling reciprocal flows of impact and knowledge between universities and wider societies; and (c) foster “relationships of equivalence” with actors within as well as outside university to influence university governance and wider climate-related policy-making processes.
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