Transdisciplinary research


According to Christian Pohl and Gertrude Hirsch Hadorn from the Environmental Philosophy Group at ETHZ, “participatory research and collaboration between disciplines” are two characteristics at the core of transdisciplinary research.

In the opinion of some researchers in the field, “Transdisciplinary research deals with problem fields in such a way that it can: a) grasp the complexity of problems, b) take into account the diversity of life-world and scientific perceptions of problems, c) link abstract and case- specific knowledge, and d) develop knowledge and practices that promote what is perceived to be the common good” (Pohl und Hirsch Hadorn, 2007).

Pohl and Hadorn are both part of the td-Net, a network for transdisciplinary research and a project of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences. For those further interested in the issue some important insights might be found at td-Net.

Pohl, C. and Hirsch Hadorn, G.: 2007, Principles for Designing Transdisciplinary Research. Proposed by the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences, oekom Verlag, München, 124 pp.