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.

TAILOMETRICS (Tailored Metrics for Measuring Industry-Academia Funding Program) is a project funded by the Finnish Research Impact Foundation (Vaikuttavuussäätiö), in which we study and develop an evaluation system for the measurement and anticipation of research impact in joint projects between researchers and industrial partners. The project applies traditional research impact metrics (bibliometrics and scientometrics) as well as newer, alternative impact metrics (altmetrics). These can be based on the data on new research openings and novel research themes as well as information on the development of social networks and researcher activity. As a result, the project develops a toolkit for evaluating research impact.

‘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.

‘Collective Intelligence through Digital Tools’ (COLDIGIT), funded by NordForsk, aim to generate new knowledge on innovative digital tools and approaches, in order to understand how they can support governance of complex societal processes in the Nordic region. Previous research on such digital tools has been disciplinarily and sectorally fragmented, which has limited the horizon of related opportunities and challenges. COLDIGIT will adopt a broad view by empirically exploring various types of collective intelligence tools supported by technology (e.g., crowdsourcing, augmented reality (AR), artificial intelligence (AI), serious games, e-democracy and e-participation), in three parallel streams of co-creation: i ) co-innovation and  co-funding, ii) co-production of knowledge and iii) co-construction of policies and decisions. In particular, the project will catalogue 150-200 cases of innovative digital tools, create a conceptual model of the digital ecosystem of collective intelligence, study obstacles and drivers of adoption and use of new technologies, and test innovative solutions through a series of pilots on participatory budgeting projects in Finland, Sweden, and Norway. To increase the strategic relevance of the findings, COLDIGIT will draw policy advice on how to develop and implement such tools and approaches in ways that contribute to a dynamic and responsible digital transformation of Nordic societies.

  • Mikko Rask (strategies for co-creation and complexity governance)
  • Nina Kahma (science-policy interaction and stakeholder analysis)
  • Pekka Tuominen (citizen participation and urban transformation)
  • Susanna Vase (sociology of science and cross-disciplinary collaborations)
  • Bokyong (Bo) Shin (collective decision-making, statistical network models)

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.

  • Rask, M., Kahma, N., Mattila, M. & Vase, S. (2019). Vastuullinen tiede- ja innovaatiotoiminta: vastaus tieteen ja tiedepolitiikan kriisiin? Tieteessä tapahtuu, 37(1), 29-357.
  • 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.