Implications of Transdisciplinarity for Sustainability Research

Hirsch-Hadorn, Gertrude; Bradley, David; Pohl, Christian; Rist, Stephan; Wiesmann, Urs (2006). Implications of Transdisciplinarity for Sustainability Research. Ecological economics, 60(1), pp. 119-128. Amsterdam: Elsevier 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2005.12.002

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In ecological economics the terms sustainable development and transdisciplinarity are closely related. It is shown that this close relation is due to the fact that research for sustainable development has to be issue oriented and reflect the diversity, complexity and dynamics of the processes involved as well as their variability between specific problem situations. Furthermore, the knowledge of people involved and their needs and interests at stake have to be taken into account. There are three basic and interrelated questions about issues to be addressed in sustainability research: (1) In which way do processes constitute a problem field and where are the needs for change? (2) What are more sustainable practices? (3) How can existing practices be transformed? To treat them properly, transdisciplinary research is needed. The emergence of transdisciplinary research in the North and the South is described. By distinguishing analytically among basic, applied and transdisciplinary research the challenges that have to be tackled in transdisciplinary projects are analyzed.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Integrative Geography > Unit Geography of Sustainable Development
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > NCCR North-South Management Centre (discontinued)
10 Strategic Research Centers > Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)

UniBE Contributor:

Rist, Stephan and Wiesmann, Urs Martin

ISSN:

0921-8009

Publisher:

Elsevier

Language:

English

Submitter:

Factscience Import

Date Deposited:

04 Oct 2013 14:44

Last Modified:

03 Sep 2015 09:55

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/j.ecolecon.2005.12.002

Web of Science ID:

000242034300013

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.18292

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/18292 (FactScience: 246)

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