Network for Transdisciplinary Research

Our contribution to address complex societal challenges: We link scientific communities, support transdisciplinary careers and promote the development of competencies and methods.

When is TD promising?

Transdisciplinary research (TDR) is a very promising approach when it comes to addressing complex societal challenges. However, transdisciplinary approaches are not for every kind of research.

Aspects that help to decide if TDR is promising
TDR involves scientists across disciplines and stakeholders from different sectors and co-produces knowledge to address societal challenges. But for which goals and in which context conditions should you engage intensely with stakeholders? This question is especially important, as both researchers and stakeholders have limited time and financial resources.

TDR is especially promising:

  • when normative questions and changes are addressed;
  • when knowledge is needed that enables actions;
  • when the issues at stake are contested (please keep in mind that working on contested or conflictive topics requests soud facilitation and sometimes mediation skills);
  • when the actor diversity is high;
  • when several actors have an interest in the project’s topic and goals.

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