2023 publication on Equitable Co-Production Research

Liam Frink November 7, 2023

Co-authors Nicole Herman-Mercer, Alestine Andre, Victoria Buschman, Dylan Blaskey, Cassandra Brooks, Yifan Cheng, Evelynn Combs, Karen Cozzetto, Serena Fitka, Joshua Koch, Aine Lawlor,
Elizabeth Moses, Emily Murray, Edda Mutter, Andrew J. Newman, Charles Prince,
Patricia Salmon, Jenessa Tlen, Ryan Toohey, Michael Williams, and Keith N. Musselman recently published their article "The Arctic Rivers Project: Using an Equitable Co-Production Framework for Integrating Meaningful Community Engagement and Science to Understand Climate Impacts" in the journal Community Science 2, 2023. 

Abstract: As the Arctic and its rivers continue to warm, a better understanding of the possible future impacts on people would benefit from close partnership with Indigenous communities and scientists from diverse fields of study. We present efforts by the Arctic Rivers Project to conduct community-engaged research to increase collective understanding of the historical and potential future impacts of climate change on rivers, fish, and Indigenous communities. Working in central to northern Alaska and the Yukon Territory in Canada, the project seeks to engage with Indigenous communities in ethical and equitable ways to produces science that is useful, useable, and used that may serve as an example for future research efforts. Toward this goal, we formed an Indigenous Advisory Council and together developed project-specific knowledge co-production
protocols. This paper provides a novel model of design and implementation to co-produce knowledge with communities across a large study domain.

Plain Language Summary: The Arctic and rivers located in the Arctic and subarctic are warming
due to climate change. To understand the impacts this warming will have on people, partnering with impacted Indigenous communities in the region is important. It is also important that these partnerships are ethical and equitable and produce science that is actionable. This paper discusses efforts undertaken by a specific project, the Arctic Rivers Project, to conduct ethical and equitable research with Indigenous communities and generate science that is useful to those communities. Through this research our goal is to better understand potential future impacts of climate change on rivers, fish, and Indigenous communities in central northern Alaska and the Yukon Territory in Canada. To achieve this goal, the project formed an Indigenous Advisory Council (IAC) and
together developed guidelines for how we can work collaboratively with Indigenous communities. Our specific process of forming an IAC and guidelines is, to our knowledge, a new way to approach collaborative research when working across a large geographic area. We present our process here so that it may provide an example for other research efforts.