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The following three YouTube videos (each less than 5 minutes long) provide an introduction to systems thinking.   (1) (five minutes): “A systems story” presented by BEE Environmental Communication was delivered in July 2014 – it uses love to explain core systems principles. Online: http://youtu.be/rDxOyJxgJeA   Video of A Systems Story   (2) (three and […]
Transboundary competence involves the ability to deal with diversity and to cross the boundaries that divide perspectives. Seven key boundaries and useful approaches to cross them are shown in the following table:   Need to cross boundaries between… Useful approach 1. systems systems analysis 2. disciplines interdisciplinarity 3. science and society transdisciplinary; participatory 4. nations […]
This video describes how transdisciplinary research contributes to sustainability through a case study of five projects in Gothenburg, Sweden. It assesses a common assumption that transdisciplinary research is more able to contribute to societal problem solving than traditional forms of research. This assumption is based on the analytical belief that collaboration between and among social […]
Transdisciplinary research (of the European sustainability style) is described in this video as research that combines knowledge from different disciplines and engages with societal actors: to grasp the complexity of a societal problem; to take into account the diversity of perceptions that stakeholders and disciplines may have of a problem; to link generalised abstract and […]
“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 […]

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