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Make Research Matter More - working with Action Research and Film

Human urine as fertilizer

– working with action research and film in sustainability science

The short film  – “Making research matter – from knowledge to action with farmers in Uganda” – builds on a PhD project in sustainability science (Andersson 2014) and is part of our research outreach efforts at Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies. It represents one attempt to explore and pursue the use of the film medium as an alternative tool for research communication. At the same time, this film presents a concrete example of how action-oriented research can be employed in sustainability science to generate place-based knowledge as well as practical outcomes in favour of sustainability. More specifically, the film focuses on land degradation – a serious sustainability challenge in many parts of the world – and reflects a process in which smallholder farmers in Uganda were involved in research to jointly define problems and develop a partial solution to soil fertility problems, namely the use of human urine as fertilizer in food production.

Andersson, E. (2014) Fertile grounds? Collective strategies and the political ecology of soil management in Uganda. Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies. Lund, Lund University. PhD thesis.

 

 

 

 

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