Co-Generating Knowledge in Nexus Research for Sustainable Wastewater Treatment.

Avellán, Tamara, Hahn, Angela, Kirschke, Sabrina, Müller, Andrea, Benavides, Lucia and Caucci, Serena, (2022). Co-Generating Knowledge in Nexus Research for Sustainable Wastewater Treatment.. Resources, 11(93), 25-n/a

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    Author Avellán, Tamara
    Hahn, Angela
    Kirschke, Sabrina
    Müller, Andrea
    Benavides, Lucia
    Caucci, Serena
    Title Co-Generating Knowledge in Nexus Research for Sustainable Wastewater Treatment.
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    Volume 11
    Issue No. 93
    Publication Date 2022-10-10
    Place of Publication Basel, Switzerland
    Publisher MDPI
    Start page 25
    End page n/a
    Language eng
    Abstract Currently installed wastewater treatment systems in many developing countries are unsustainable, failing in either the social, economic or ecological dimension of sustainability. Nexus research looking at resources involved in wastewater treatment could support the transition towards more sustainable systems. Nexus thinking aims to overcome bio-physical systems thinking by including transdisciplinary research methods. Approaches for integrating results from different types of analysis and disciplinary backgrounds are scarce and have not been described extensively in nexus research. Transdisciplinary research suggests creating system, target and transformation knowledge as a common framework to describe meaningful transformations. Our goal is to show how a better understanding of the level of knowledge created by different types of analysis can pave the way towards integrating results for sustainability. In this article, three types of analysis, namely sustainability assessment, stakeholder perspective analysis and wickedness analysis, were applied in two pilot case wastewater treatment systems in Latin America. Through a three-step process, generated knowledge was assessed for each type of analysis individually while also highlighting synergies between them. The results demonstrate that structuring results by generated knowledge type can help combining outcomes in a meaningful manner. The findings show that technical flaws are present and fixable, and that issues relating to behaviours or values are more challenging to address but arguably more meaningful for systemic change.
    Keyword sustainability assessment
    wickedness analysis
    stakeholder perspective analysis
    Nexus approach
    co-design
    transdisciplinary research
    Copyright Holder The Authors
    Copyright Year 2022
    Copyright type Creative commons
    ISSN 2079-9276
    DOI https://doi.org/10.3390/resources11100093
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