Embracing tension for energy and creativity in interdisciplinary research

Community member post by Liz Clarke and Rebecca Freeth Tensions inevitably arise in inter- and transdisciplinary research. Dealing with these tensions and resulting conflicts is one of the hardest things to do. We are meant to avoid or get rid of conflict and tension, right? Wrong! Tension and conflict are not only inevitable; they can … Continue reading Embracing tension for energy and creativity in interdisciplinary research

Doing a transdisciplinary PhD? Four tips to convince the examiners about your data

Community member post by Jane Palmer, Dena Fam, Tanzi Smith and Jenny Kent How can research writing best be crafted to present transdisciplinarity? How can doctoral candidates effectively communicate to examiners a clear understanding of ‘data’, what it is and how the thesis uses it convincingly? The authors have all recently completed transdisciplinary doctorates in … Continue reading Doing a transdisciplinary PhD? Four tips to convince the examiners about your data

Three tasks for transdisciplinary bridge builders

Community member post by Roderick J. Lawrence Human groups and societies have built many kinds of bridges for centuries. Since the 19th century, engineers have designed complex physical structures that were intended to serve one or more purposes in precise situations. In essence, the construction of a bridge is meant to join two places together. … Continue reading Three tasks for transdisciplinary bridge builders

Designing for impact in transdisciplinary research

Community member post by Cynthia Mitchell, Dena Fam and Dana Cordell Starting with richly articulated pictures of where we would like to be at some defined point in the future has powerful consequences for any human endeavour. How can we use such “Outcome Spaces” to guide the conception, design, implementation, and evaluation of transdisciplinary research? … Continue reading Designing for impact in transdisciplinary research

Material resources for transdisciplinary research

Community member post by Chris Riedy What materials are needed to support the conduct of transdisciplinary research? Transdisciplinary research is a bundle of interwoven social practices taking different forms in different contexts. As highlighted in one prominent version of social practice theory (Shove et al., 2012: 14), social practice has three elements: Materials – ‘including … Continue reading Material resources for transdisciplinary research

Storytelling ethnography as a way of doing transdisciplinary research

Community member post by Jane Palmer Storytelling ethnography is a valuable tool if your research traverses several disciplines and aims for insights that transcend all of them. Stories not only integrate knowledge from diverse disciplines, but can also “change the way people act, the way they use available knowledge” (Griffiths 2007). The special qualities of … Continue reading Storytelling ethnography as a way of doing transdisciplinary research