Making Socio-Ecological Art and Science Collaboration Work: A Guide

Morrison, Kerry, Urquhart, Julie ORCID: 0000-0001-5000-4630, Courtney, Paul ORCID: 0000-0002-5683-8502, Black, Jasmine ORCID: 0000-0001-9145-3889, Goodenough, Alice ORCID: 0000-0003-0862-2894 and Potter, Clive (2022) Making Socio-Ecological Art and Science Collaboration Work: A Guide. Manual. University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham.

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With global environmental challenges we are facing, such as the climate crisis and biodiversity loss, together with the role of ecosystems for human wellbeing, we can no longer rely on a singular disciplinary approach to address these challenges and the associated potential landscape change conflicts. In order to develop environmental strategies that encompass the social, economic and cultural, multi/ inter/trans-disciplinary approaches are required that seek inclusivity in sociocultural and intellectual terms. ‘The Arts’ is well placed to contribute to research and action that is inclusive and opens space for new imaginings and change. Artists and arts-based researchers have important knowledge and experiential contributions to make alongside those of natural and social scientists and the humanities. Research projects that include artists working alongside and in partnership with their natural and social science colleagues can build new perspectives and achieve a more holistic understanding of many socioecological issues. However, there is still a sense within the wider research community that bringing an arts perspective into applied research can be challenging, not least precisely because understanding what art is – and what art can contribute – is limited. This in turn leads to challenges when it comes to finding and commissioning artists. This guide to making socio-ecological art and science collaboration work sets out practical steps for finding and commissioning artists who have the appropriate skill sets and expertise. It has been written in response to the challenges and barriers faced by those not fully acquainted with art - its history, canons and current contemporary position - in commissioning artists to be a part of a research team. Arising through multiple conversations between researchers, artists and academics, the Guide aims to assist non-arts’ researchers incorporate arts based research and arts practice into multi and interdisciplinary research projects.

Item Type: Monograph (Manual)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
Q Science > Q Science (General)
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > Countryside and Community Research Institute
Research Priority Areas: Place, Environment and Community
Depositing User: Julie Urquhart
Date Deposited: 20 Jul 2022 08:32
Last Modified: 09 Oct 2023 11:25

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