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“Health social science synthesizes a wide range of knowledge in order to understand and solve complex health problems. This volume presents ten case studies that illustrate some of the best practice in health social science in developing countries. Each study addresses the critical question of how social and behavioral science approaches can make a difference […]
This review of core competencies that need to be taught to develop transdisciplinary research includes: understanding the potential and limits of their own discipline understanding other disciplines ability to communicate clearly and concisely reflexivity on roles, social skills and discipline process. These are then related to the phases of transdisciplinary research and to useful teaching […]
This handbook describes 21 cases organised using the three phases of a transdisciplinary research project: 1) problem structuring; 2) problem investigation; and, 3) bringing results to fruition. Topics are drawn from many countries and cover global and local environmental concerns, migration, new technologies, public health and socio-cultural change. Reference: Hirsch Hadorn, G., Hoffmann-Riem, H., Biber-Klemm, […]
Transdisciplinary research is based on the objects of integration and implementation. The research process aims to create space for common thinking, mutual learning and joint action between partners from diverse disciplines and societal fields in order to create knowledge, understanding and induce transformation. Therefore, an integrative methodology has to be set up consisting of a […]
Presents cases developed in a transdisciplinary case study course for undergraduates and postgraduates that has run at the University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of Technology since 2002. Students explore sustainable solutions for a particular complex real-world problem. Website: http://www.chalmers.se/gmv/SV/projekt/fallstudiekurs-hallbar. (For those who do not understand Swedish a translation website (eg., http://translate.google.com/) may be useful) […]
The TdLab provides two online repositories dealing with challenges in sustainable development. The first involves completed transdisciplinary case studies undertaken by postgraduate students from 1994 onwards. The second is a 2006 special issue of the International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education (volume 7, number 3) on applying transdisciplinary case studies as a means of organizing […]
This book presents three case studies on, respectively, health of resettled refugees, “street health” and safety. It also covers a range of topics, including benefits and challenges of transdisciplinary research, the research process, training and funding. Reference: Kirst, M. J., Schaefer-McDaniel, N., Hwang, S. and O’Campo, P. (Eds.). (2011). Converging Disciplines: A Transdisciplinary Research Approach to Urban Health […]
Six main features of values are described: “Values are beliefs linked inextricably to affect. When values are activated, they become infused with feeling”. “Values refer to desirable goals that motivate action.” “Values transcend specific actions and situations. … This feature distinguishes values from norms and attitudes that usually refer to specific actions, objects, or situations.” […]
Purpose: To provide an easy-to-understand, brief overview of  ‘wicked problems’ which are complex problems that defy easy solutions.  Description: Wicked problems are highly complex problems. Examples include: environmental degradation, climate change, multicultural integration, cybersecurity, sprawling mega cities, political gridlock, poverty, inequality and food security. A wicked problem is a dysfunctionality within a complex system. They […]
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