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What is ‘transdisciplinary’?

Jaya Ramchandani

Editor, WLWGFollowingJan 24, 2017 · 5 min read

For years now, I’ve been obsessed with the idea of synthesis of knowledge from various disciplines, academic and non-academic. Looking at things holistically and considering the interdependence between them seems like an obvious way forward to solve the hard and complex problems of our society. We need to both specialise and have the holistic picture. Lucky for us, research is essentially a collaborative process, and the nature and intimacy of collaborations yield different disciplinary frameworks: intra/mono, multi, cross, inter, and trans.

This representation by Jenseniu (2012) summarises the progression to transdisciplinary in a snapshot.

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SOURCE: http://www.arj.no/wp-content/2012/03/interdisciplinary.png

So let’s break this down in terms of a research project combining ideas from Tress et al. (2005a), Choi and Pak (2006), and Jenseniu (2012).

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