701-0015-00L  Transdisciplinary Research: Challenges of Interdisciplinarity and Stakeholder Engagement

SemesterAutumn Semester 2017
LecturersM. Stauffacher, C. E. Pohl
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish


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
Prerequisites / NoticeParticipation in the course requires participants to be working on their own research project.