Transdisciplinary research (TR) is an emerging field of research in
the knowledge society. It relates science and policy in addressing
issues such as:
- global and local environmental concerns
- new technologies
- public health
- socio-cultural change
This handbook provides, for the first time, a structured
overview of the manifold experiences gained in these fields.
Twenty-one projects from all over the world present their research
approaches, structured along the three phases of a TR project:
- problem structuring
- problem investigation
- bringing results to fruition
Referring to these projects, cross-cutting challenges of TR are
discussed, such as:
- values and uncertainties
- learning from case studies
A systematic positioning of transdisciplinary research in the
development of sciences and humanities, and 15 propositions for
enhancing transdisciplinary research situate the contributions in a
larger, systematised context. The handbook gives researchers and
students an overview of the state of the art in transdisciplinary
Written for students, researchers, and project managers who are
planning or are involved in problem-driven, transdisciplinary
projects, or are working on the interface of science, society and
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