A new network of walking scholars are working together through stakeholder and researcher driven creative walkshops in the Nordic North. The group so far have looked at the following themes: mobilities and post-pandemic changes of lifestyle and heritage, tourism and sustainability futures.
Sharing methods through action on the ground the researchers are exchanging ideas, including ethnography and qualitative research styles. Through this activity they are building capacity and driving new methods forward. The group travels to different countries as well as delivers workshops online.
As an artist I have been asked to walkshop in Norway, Sweden, Finland and Iceland. We are currently looking at outcomes which share methods outside of academia as well as within it. Importantly we want to build capacity within communities as well as within academia.
So far, I have shared my methods with the network through a workshop on zoom and in Norway and Sweden. I am collecting feedback from delegates through each workshop and integrating it into the methods. The network is interdisciplinary, for instance there are artists, dancers, musicians, folklorists, anthropologists, geographers and eco-writers. We are currently shaping a website for the network.