Journal article

Anticipating workshop fatigue to navigate power relations in international transdisciplinary partnerships: A climate change case study

Publication Details

Author list: Perez T

Publisher: SAGE Publications (UK and US)

Publication year: 2020

Journal: Current Sociology

Journal name: Current Sociology

Start page: 1

End page: 18

Total number of pages: 18

ISSN: 0011-3921

eISSN: 1461-7064



Workshop fatigue is a colloquialism to describe apathy towards facilitated discussions that, in interventions designed to build partnerships, tends to be viewed as somewhat inevitable. To challenge this assumption, this article theorises fatigue as a subtle form of resistance. Evidence is based on qualitative research as part of a climate change collaboration, with a focus on a methodology called ‘transformative scenario planning’. The author combines Goffman, Scott and Pratt to analyse interactions between facilitators, researchers and stakeholders in meetings and workshops. Historical representations of scientific endeavours are contrasted with performances of participation in Namibia, India and Botswana. The article concludes that anticipating workshop fatigue could be an accessible way to surface power relations in inherently unequal international partnerships, and bring a sociological sensibility to transdisciplinary climate change research.


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Climate adaptation, International support for developing countries

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