Development of knowledge for the “real world” is a complicated process and one that is rarely given sufficient attention in research projects and programmes.

Stakeholders are consulted when a research project is planned, and they may attend the final event after the research is concluded. In between these two milestones, research communication tends to be heavily reliant on one-directional processes from researchers to practitioners, through for example publications of popularized versions of research results. This fails to make use of stakeholders’ knowledge and tends not to be very effective.

Realizing the shortcomings of the “traditional” approach, in phase II of Mistra-SWECIA, communication and cooperation between researchers and stakeholders was strengthened by continuous collaboration throughout the actual research process. Substantial resources were dedicated to this approach.

Basically, the idea was to link research on adaptation with knowledge for adaptation. It was deemed best to use a flexible approach with a work plan that was developed gradually, and jointly, by researchers and stakeholders as the time passed.

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