June 12, 2024 – University of Glasgow – Today, Professor Nazia M. Habib delivered a presentation to the SEA Research Cluster’s Urban Studies Seminar, unveiling a pioneering framework that merges dynamic systems thinking from the sciences with participatory methods from the social sciences. This innovative approach, termed "The Art and Science of Co-creation", aims to modernise research and policy-making in an increasingly complex world.

In her presentation, Professor Habib emphasised the framework’s ability to create a common language and foundation, facilitating unified responses to shared challenges and opportunities. She critiqued traditional linear research methods, which are costly and time-consuming, arguing that these methods are less viable for addressing urgent socio-economic issues. Instead, she advocated for approaches that promote faster, more efficient, and collective decision-making processes.

Professor Habib showcased the effectiveness of this integrated approach through case studies from the UN Food System Summit. These examples demonstrated how dynamic systems thinking and participatory methods were used to develop sustainable agricultural practices and enhance food security in diverse global contexts. She highlighted how dynamic systems thinking improves the adaptability and inclusiveness of participatory research, leading to more effective policy outcomes.

Ultimately, Professor Habib’s model contributes to the evolution of the social sciences, parking that embracing "The Art and Science of Co-creation" is essential for navigating an uncertain future.

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