Synthesis of knowledge about participatory modeling: How a group’s perceptions changed over time

Community member post by Rebecca Jordan How do a group’s perceptions change over time, when members across a range of institutions are brought together at regular intervals to synthesize ideas? Synthesis centers have been established to catalyze more effective cross-disciplinary research on complex problems, as described in the blog post ‘Synthesis centers as critical research … Continue reading Synthesis of knowledge about participatory modeling: How a group’s perceptions changed over time

Leading large transdisciplinary projects

Community member post by Sanford D. Eigenbrode, Lois Wright Morton, and Timothy Martin What’s required to lead exceptionally large projects involving many dozens of participants from various scientific disciplines (including biophysical, social, and economic), multiple stakeholders, and efforts spanning a gamut from discovery to implementation? Such projects are common when investigating social-ecological systems which are … Continue reading Leading large transdisciplinary projects

To read or not to read…

Community member post by Gabriele Bammer This is the second annual “state of the blog” review. Why are you reading this? That sounds like an aggressive question, but it’s not meant to be. It’s a prelude to asking: is the blog serving a useful purpose for you? If so, what is it doing right? If … Continue reading To read or not to read…

Three lessons from statistics for interdisciplinarians and fellow travellers

Community member post by Gabriele Bammer In last week’s blog post on recognising interdisciplinary expertise I argued that forming a new i2S discipline could help embed interdisciplinarity and related approaches (transdisciplinarity, systems thinking, action research, T-shaped research and others) in the academic mainstream. But how would such a discipline work? What are the challenges to … Continue reading Three lessons from statistics for interdisciplinarians and fellow travellers

Recognising interdisciplinary expertise

Community member post by Gabriele Bammer Could we overcome the challenges of embedding interdisciplinarity in the academic mainstream if relevant expertise were defined and recognized as a new discipline? What is this relevant expertise? Here I consider team-based interdisciplinarity addressing complex societal and environmental problems and argue that it needs specific expertise over and above … Continue reading Recognising interdisciplinary expertise

Are more stakeholders better?

Community member post by Eleanor Sterling Participatory modeling, by definition, involves engaging “stakeholders” in decision making. But determining which stakeholders to involve, when, and how is a delicate balance. Early writings on stakeholder engagement methods represent engagement along a linear continuum from non-participatory to citizen-controlled decision making. Non-participatory methods could include stakeholders passively receiving pre-set … Continue reading Are more stakeholders better?