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This enquire develops three iterative phases - Processes, Actors and Strategies - that are informed by ‘weak’ theory and ‘thick’ descriptions to “make small facts speak to large concerns'' ([Gibson-Graham, 2014][1]). The research makes use of emerging, iterative methodological frameworks where each phase is contingent from the previous one. These iteration's methodology relates to a tradition of activist and engaged research that considers knowledge production as an intellectual societal enterprise ([Weiss, 1979][2]). That is, a collective endeavour that articulates new forms of political action with new ways to mobilise and elaborate projects as part of a 'scholarship with commitment' ([Bourdieu, 2000][3]). The methodological approach will address the research questions with a combination of three different methods: / content analysis of institutional and social public documentation 2/ dialogical interviews to identify experiences and actors, and 3/ collaborative design sessions. These methods are not considered as procedures to gather, code and analyse 'data' but as part of an ongoing collective production of concepts and hypotheses that are tested by their ability to provide 'useable and actionable' knowledge. They have be chosen by their ability to generate empirical analysis, but also to synthesise and translate concepts and ideas between different experiences that sit inside, outside and between state institutions and academia ([Campbell & Vanderhoven, 2016][4]). By looking at municipalist discourses from a grounded theory perspective. I expect to identify an emerging 'cognitive landscape' ([Lindekilde, 2014][5], p. 2) of the practical implementation of commons theories into urban territories. The use of ANT in the mapping of actors will focus on actions and actants, thus defining their agency in the transformation of structures that have been often described as 'static stratifications' (Hardt & Negri, 2003). The notion of an 'ecology of practices' applied to processes of commoning allows to describe these practices not 'as they are' but 'as they may become' ([Stengers, 2013][6], p. 186). In this articulation, research questions, theories and methods are designed to produce three different kind of outcomes: - An action-oriented written Thesis where the three iterations on the study of processes, actors and strategies will lead to an understanding of the conditions needed in the development and replication of urban commoning processes. - A graphic representation of the socio-institutional arrangements produced in each iteration of the research. - An online archive with the materials gathered and produced - references, documents, data and metadata - as a way to share the research process and make it transparent, replicable and accountable towards the actors and communities involved. This design aims as well to reflect the principles of transparency, accountability and collective responsibility, and to incorporate participants feed-back. The publication of partial outcomes and data within this Open Science Framework will allow to share the research process with the communities involved. [1]: [2]: [3]: [4]: [5]: [6]:
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