Handbook of Transdisciplinary Research

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Gertrude Hirsch Hadorn, Holger Hoffmann-Riem, Susette Biber-Klemm, Walter Grossenbacher-Mansuy, Dominique Joye, Christian Pohl, Urs Wiesmann, Elisabeth Zemp
Springer Science & Business Media, Dec 15, 2007 - Science - 448 pages
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In a world characterised by rapid change, uncertainty and increasing interconnectedness there is a growing need for science to contribute to the solution of persistent, complex problems. These problems include not only some of the now broadly known environmental issues such as climate change and biodiversity loss, but also related issues such as poverty, security and governance. For all of these problems, progress in nding and implementing solutions has been very slow. The increase in availability of scienti c knowledge has not been re ected in decisive action. It is this mismatch between knowledge and action that lies behind the need for a Handbook of Transdisciplinary Research. As the editors point out in their introduction, a transdisciplinary orientation in research, education and institutions aims to overcome the disconnection between knowledge production, on the one hand, and the demand for knowledge to contribute to the solution of societal pr- lems, on the other hand. This is achieved through transdisciplinary approaches in which researchers from a wide range of disciplines work together with sta- holders. Internationally the term ‘transdisciplinary research’ is de ned in diff- ent ways, ranging from a diffuse conceptual term located above individual dis- plines, to any research that involves stakeholders. The Handbook contributes to a clari cation of both the concept and the term, and shows that the uniqueness of the approach lies in the partnership between members of different disciplines and stakeholders.
 

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Contents

Idea of the Handbook
3
The Emergence of Transdisciplinarity as a Form of Research
18
Problem Identification and Problem Structuring
40
From Local Projects in the Alps to Global Change Programmes in the Mountains of the World Milestones in Transdisciplinary Research
41
Sustainable River Basin Management in Kenya Balancing Needs and Requirements
63
Designing the Urban Linking Physiology and Morphology
79
CITYmobil A Model for Integration in Sustainability Research
89
Shepherds Sheep and Forest Fires A Reconception of Grazingland Management
103
Bringing Results to Fruition
275
Towards Integrated and Adapted Health Services for Nomadic Pastoralists and their Animals A NorthSouth Partnership
277
Sustainable Prevention of Water Associated Infection Risks An Awareness Campaign Using Visual Media
292
Behavioural Sciences in the Health Field Integrating Natural and Social Sciences
305
Sustainable Coexistence of Ungulates and Trees A Stakeholder Platform for Resource Use Negotiations
315
Retrofitting Postwar Suburbs A Collaborative Design Process
327
Crosscutting Issues
342
Participation
343

Fischnetz Involving Anglers Authorities Scientists and the Chemical Industry to Understand Declining Fish Yields
127
Nanoscience and Nanotechnologies Bridging Gaps Through Constructive Technology Assessment
145
Chimeras and Other HumanAnimal Mixtures in Relation to the Swiss Constitution A Case for Regulatory Action
158
Problem Analysis
170
The Development of Multilateral Environmental Agreements on Toxic Chemicals Integrating the Work of Scientists and Policy Makers
171
Climate Protection vs Economic Growth as a False Trade Off Restructuring Global Warming Mitigation
191
Policy Analysis and Design in Local Public Management A System Dynamics Approach
205
Constructing Regional Development Strategies A Case Study Approach for Integrated Planning and Synthesis
223
Evaluating Landscape Governance A Tool for LegalEcological Assessments
244
Children and Divorce Investigating Current Legal Practices and their Impact on Family Transitions
259
Values and Uncertainties
361
Learning from Case Studies
369
Management
384
Education
399
Integration
411
Summary and Outlook
425
Core Terms in Transdisciplinary Research
426
Enhancing Transdisciplinary Research A Synthesis in Fifteen Propositions
433
Index
443
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