Michael Stauffacher: Catalogue data in Autumn Semester 2018

Name Prof. Dr. Michael Stauffacher
ETH Zürich, CHN K 78
Universitätstrasse 16
8092 Zürich
Telephone+41 44 632 49 07
DepartmentEnvironmental Systems Science
RelationshipAdjunct Professor

701-0015-00LTransdisciplinary Research: Challenges of Interdisciplinarity and Stakeholder Engagement2 credits2SM. Stauffacher, C. E. Pohl
AbstractThis seminar is designed for PhD students and PostDoc researchers from all departments involved in inter- or transdisciplinary research. It addresses challenges of this kind of research and discusses these using scientific literature presenting case studies, concepts, theories, methods and tools. It concludes with a 10-step approach to make participants' research projects more societally relevant.
ObjectiveParticipants know specific challenges of inter- and transdisciplinary research. They know concepts and methods to tackle questions like: how to integrate knowledge from different disciplines, how to engage with other societal actors, how to secure broader impact of research? They learn to critically reflect their research project in its societal context and on their role as scientists.
ContentThe seminar covers the following topics:
(1) Theories and concepts of inter- and transdisciplinary research
(2) The specific challenges of inter- and transdisciplinary research
(3) Collaborating disciplines
(4) Engaging with stakeholders
(5) Exploration of tools and methods
(6) 10 steps to make participants' research projects more societally relevant
LiteratureLiterature will be made available to the participants.
The following open access article builds a core element of the course:
Pohl, C., Krütli, P., & Stauffacher, M. (2017). Ten Reflective Steps for Rendering Research Societally Relevant. GAIA 26(1), 43-51 doi: 10.14512/gaia.26.1.10
available at: http://www.ingentaconnect.com/contentone/oekom/gaia/2017/00000026/00000001/art00011
Prerequisites / NoticeParticipation in the course requires participants to be working on their own research project.
701-1543-00LTransdisciplinary Methods and Applications3 credits2GP. Krütli, M. Stauffacher
AbstractThe course deals with transdisciplinary (td) methods, concepts and their applications in the context of case studies and problem-oriented research projects. Td methods are used in research at the science-society interface as well as when collaborating across scientific disciplines. Students learn to apply methods within a functional framework. The format of the course is seminar-like, interactive.
ObjectiveAt the end of the course, students:
- know purpose, function and algorithm of a selected number of transdisciplinary methods
- understand the methods' functional application in case studies and other problem-oriented research projects
- are able to reflect on potential, limits and necessity of transdisciplinary methods
ContentThe lecture is structured as follows:
- overview of concepts and methods of inter-/transdisciplinary integration of knowledge, values and interests (ca. 20%)
- analysis of a selected number of transdisciplinary methods focusing problem framing, problem analysis, and impact (ca. 50%)
- practical application of the methods in a broader project setting (ca. 30%)
Lecture notesHandouts are provided
LiteratureSelected scientific articles and book-chapters
Prerequisites / NoticeThe course is recommended for students considering to enroll in the transdisciplinary case study (tdCS) in the Spring semester (701-1502-00L)