Politics of co-creation

Co-creation is an approach for developing new value and solutions to societal challenges through collaborations among public and private organizations, consumers and citizens. In the ‘Politics of Co-creation’ theme, we study how emerging practices of co-creation challenge or support existing ways of research, service and innovation production, as well as their impact on societal decision making. Practical examples, academic readings and discussions will help familiarize with the central aspects of co-creation: stakeholders, their interactions, and the creation of value.
 
In our research, we will address topical issues and societal challenges, such as climate change, sustainability policies and democratic governance. To us, co-creation is not only an object of study but also a practical tool to elevate and disseminate the meaning of research results.

We are currently focused on the following projects:

FIT4RRI

EU-funded ‘Fostering improved training tools for responsible research & innovation’ (FIT4RRI) studies gaps between actual and potential role of Responsible Research and innovation (RRI) and Open Science (OS) approaches among European Research Funding and Performing Organizations (RFPOs). As a partner of the FIT4RRI project, we contribute to the identification of new strategies and enhance new competences related to RRI and OS in Finland.

ECO2

'Energy Conscious Consumers' (ECO2) is an EU-funded project studying how energy consciousness can be improved through online e-learning and transformative group learning. These processes are based on blended engagement methods, making use of both online and dialogue elements. ECO2 studies how the motivation in different consumer segments and country contexts can be shaped towards smarter practices of energy consumption.

BIBU

‘Tackling Biases and Bubbles in Participation’ (BIBU), funded by the Academy of Finland’s Strategic Research Council, explores how the forces of economic restructuring, urbanization and migration change citizens’ actions, political feelings and interests, as well as political decision making in response to these changes. As a partner of the BIBU project, we are contributing to creation of a unique model of Participatory Budgeting (PB) that will effectively empower politically marginalized citizens and districts, and help mainstreaming this model to Finnish municipalities.

SAHARA

‘Let’s Make Sahara Green Again!’ (Sahara) is an emerging research initiative exploring and experimenting with the potential of co-creation and complexity governance in facilitating large-scale transformation of desert ecosystems into agro-forest ecosystems in the particular socio-historical context of Sahara. The project is related to the on-going ‘Carbon farming’ project of Finnish energy company St1.

Researchers:

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  • Mikko Rask (strategies for co-creation and complexity governance)
  • Nina Kahma (science-policy interaction and stakeholder analysis)
  • Titiana Ertiö (crowdsourcing and civic digital engagement)
  • Markku Anttonen (sustainable business and appreciative organizational development)
  • Linda Turunen (co-creation practices and human – machine interplay)

Activities:

Demola
Demola is an open, international co-creation platform for students, universities and professionals from companies and other organizations. It consists of tools and practices of co-creation based collaboration in learning and innovation between higher education institutions, students, companies and public authorities. We co-ordinate Demola activity at the University of Helsinki.

Politics of co-creation research seminar
In ‘Politics of co-creation’ research seminar we present and discuss topical research related to the role of co-creation in research, innovation and decision making. The seminar is directed at researchers, doctoral and graduate students, as well as policy makers, designers, and other professionals interested in the co-creation approach.

“Co-creation and public participation in science” university course
Science is expected to address wicked problems and global challenges. Could science help addressing such challenges as making Sahara green again? What other challenges could it solve? In the ‘Co-creation and public participation in science’ university course (SOSM-SL323) to be organized in the spring 2019, we will discuss the role of science in society, and do hands on group works related to such challenges in the global context.

Internships and thesis work
At the Consumer Society Research Centre we welcome internships related to our thematic area. We also encourage students planning their master’s and doctoral theses to contact one of us to discuss with possibilities for identifying relevant research themes and supervision for their work.

Selected publications:

  • Ertiö, T, Kukkonen, I and Räsänen, P (2018) Social media activities in Finland: A population-level comparison. Convergence. https://doi.org/10.1177/1354856518780463
  • Ertiö,  T and Bhagwatwar, A  (2017).  Citizens  as  planners:  Harnessing  information  and  values  from  the  bottom-up.  International  Journal  of  Information  Management  Volume  37,  Issue  3,  June  2017,  Pages  111–113. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S026840121630473X
  • Ertiö, T, Ruoppila, S and Thiel, S-K (2016). Motivations to use a mobile participation application. In Tambouris et al. (Eds.) Electronic Participation. Springer, 138-150. http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007%2F978-3-319-45074-2_11
  • Ertiö, T (2015). Participatory Apps for Urban Planning - Space for Improvement. Planning Practice & Research 30(3), 303-321. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02697459.2015.1052942
  • Kahma, N and Vase, S (2017). RRI in academic journals: barriers and drivers. In Luciano d’Andrea (ed.) Deliverable 1.1: Report on the Literature Review. FIT4RRII Fostering Improved Training Tools for Responsible Research and Innovation, pp. 94-109.
  • Kahma N and Matschoss, K (2017). The rejection of innovations? Rethinking technology diffusion and the nonuse of smart energy services in Finland. Energy Research & Social Science, 34(1), 27-36.
  • Kahma, N, Niva, M, Helakorpi, S and Jallinoja, P (2015). Everyday distinction and omnivorous orientation: An analysis of food choice, attitudinal dispositions and social background. Appetite, 96, 443-453.
  • Maunula,  G,  Ertiö,  T,  Blomqvist,  K  (2017).  Paradoxes  in  Crowdsourcing.  In  Hilb,  M.  (Ed.)  Governance  of  Digitization:  The  Role  of  Boards  of  Directors  and  Top  Management  Teams  in  Digital  Value,  99-107.  Bern:  Haupt  Verlag.   https://www.amazon.de/dp/3258080380/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_gOvjzbVEC08HR
  • Rask, M, Mačiukaitė-Žvinienė, S, Tauginienė, L, Dikčius, V, Matschoss, K, Aarrevaara, T and d’Andrea, L (2018). Public Participation, Science and Society: Tools for Dynamic and Responsible Governance of Research and Innovation. Routledge, London UK and New York, U.S.
  • Rask, M and Worthington, R (2015). Governing Biodiversity through Democratic Deliberation. Routledge, Abingdon, UK and New York, U.S.
  • Rask, M (2013). The tragedy of citizen deliberation – two cases of participatory technology assessment. Technology Analysis and Strategic Management, 25(1), p. 39-55.
  • Rask, M, Maciukaite-Zviniene, S and Petrauskiene, J (2012). Innovations in public engagement and participatory performance of the nations. Science and Public Policy, 39, p. 710-721.
  • Rask, M, Worthington, R and Lammi, M (2012). Citizen Participation in Global Environmental Governance. Earthscan/ Routledge, London, UK and New York, USA.