Title: Knowledge Transfer Discussion paper prepared for The AQUADAPT workshop, Montpellier October 25th-27th 2002 
Resource Type: document --> technical publication --> report 
Country: EU Projects 
Year: 2002 
Availability: Seaton Associates, 2002, Knowledge Transfer Discussion paper prepared for The AQUADAPT workshop, Montpellier October 25th-27th 2002 
Author 1/Producer: Seaton Associates 
Author / Producer Type: EC Project 
Report / download web link (=direct link): http://www.aquadapt.net/pdf/Seaton_-_knowledge_transfer.pdf  
EUGRIS Keyword(s): Contaminated land-->Soil and groundwater processes-->Soil and groundwater processes overview
Short description: You will need to take my background into account as you read this material. I have worked with engineers, “soft systems” theorists and social scientists in a post graduate research environment for over thirty years and over the last twelve years with archaeologists, social anthropologists and human geographers as well. Most of my work has been to do with the interaction between engineered systems (hard and soft) and people. The context has largely been that of the utilities (transport, energy, water, agriculture, communications, waste), often in the light of climate change and environmental impact. My field of interest I call “Technology” – the study of the technos. Technology, as the study of the technos, takes in not only the output of the engineering sciences but also the new forms of organisation which use them, their impacts and interactions with people at large and with the so-called “natural system” in which those people are embedded and with which they also interact.. Technology is considered to be applied knowledge; applied in organisations, communities, policy contexts and so on. This use of the word technology serves to distinguish knowledge related perspectives on technology from those which are concerned with engineering and artefacts, which now more often means design, mechanisms and infrastructure. Technology is thus taken to include interactions which involve that wider range of human knowledge activity which also underpin organisations, systems of government, methods, procedures and so on. However, this is not a definitive paper. Not least, one aim is to stimulate additional material and thoughts from our international and multiple perspective network as we work.. So this guide should be seen as a starting point for debate which will hopefully end up in three years time as a more comprehensive and more accessible compendium of views. Parallel to this guide is the one on knowledge representation by Nick Winder. There is a useful tension between the two fields. Many ideas about knowledge transfer 
Link to Project(s): AQUADAPT Strategic tools to support adaptive, integrated water resource management under changing utilisation conditions at catchment level: A co-evolutionary approach
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