Space, scientific mediation, science and society

Space, scientific mediation, science and society


Examining science-society relations and the production of territorial knowledge by both researchers and social players, leads to debates on several processes, from the production to the dissemination and transmission of knowledge. Following previous research work on geo-governance (2008-2018) and on the transfer of geographical knowledge (TACTIC action “Transfer of complex territorial knowledge: from production to use“, 2018-2023), this axis will propose a meta-analysis of the scientific mediation process. More specifically, the aim is to carry out a analysis of projects that have already been carried out, so as to be able to respond differently to future requests, whether from the academic or professional sectors. This axis target to the understanding of complex geographical phenomena and citizen participation in a changing world.

Several questions will be debated. In what specific way is scientific mediation proposed by geography? What is the place of space and spatial analysis in this mediation? How does ESPACE compare with other UMRs or public research laboratories, at the science/society interface? How is the ESPACE team involved in the mediation process (at what level, at what stage)? How can we improve our scientific mediation practices to encourage the exchange of complex geographical knowledge among local players? What media and tools should we use to be more effective? What links can be made between scientific mediation and educational practices to ensure mutual enrichment?

The originality of this area of research is twofold. On the one hand, it favors a spatial approach to the processes of knowledge co-construction. By placing space at the center of our work, we intend to question the content of territorial knowledge that is co-constructed, as well as the mechanisms (methods, tools, approaches) that have co-produced it, and the effects of this knowledge and these scientific mediation actions on the territories. On the other hand, we intend to develop a reflexive approach in which the members of ESPACE look back both on their own research projects and on other projects involving scientific mediation. Through this line of research, ESPACE intends not only to practice science, but also to bring it to the forefront for discussion.


Karine EMSELLEM, Nathalie DUBUS, Johnny DOUVINET