Building a global community: Highlighting activities in Armenia, Georgia, India and Brazil

A key aim of i2Insights is to build a truly global community. So far, we’re doing reasonably on readership, with visitors to i2Insights coming from 188 of 193 countries (for our purposes, countries are defined by membership of the United Nations). But we still have a way to go when it comes to contributors, with only 47 countries represented among the more than 550 i2Insights authors (see Figure 1 on If you come from one of the countries that is unrepresented or poorly represented, we would love to work with you on a contribution.

Three of the contributions in 2022 demonstrate why a global community is important in developing a repository of resources for tackling complex societal and environmental problems. Each country benefits from being able to draw on every country’s experiences, insights and tools.

For example, understanding what is happening elsewhere can help us reflect more effectively on context in our own countries, as demonstrated by these two contributions from Armenia and Georgia, and India and Brazil, respectively:

  • Implementing transdisciplinary research in post-Soviet Armenia and Georgia by Tigran Keryan and Tamara Mitrofanenko:
    This highlights, among other things, that political instability hampers the ability of universities to play a societal role and must be addressed when seeking to stimulate interest in transdisciplinary research and education.
  • Insights into interdisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity in India and Brazil by Marcel Bursztyn and Seema Purushothaman:
    This particularly highlights long experience that to effectively address social inequalities, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research need to be citizen-inclusive, making grassroots stakeholders active partners rather than passive beneficiaries.

Furthermore, concepts and processes developed in the specific context of a country’s problems can help those in other countries with different contexts look at ways of addressing their own problems with fresh eyes. This is demonstrated in:

  • Adaptive skilling by Seema Purushothaman:
    Seema demonstrates how “adaptive skilling” can address the challenge of finding a healthy equilibrium between improving the economic prosperity of India’s Adivasi farmers and maintaining the quality and security of their traditional lifestyles. She concludes that “adaptive skilling” not only has relevance for other tribal societies, but may also be a global civilisational necessity as we craft informed, deliberative and adaptive mechanisms to plan and manage biodiversity, nutrition, healthcare, livelihoods and lifestyle.

Posted: November 2022
Last modified: November 2022