Literature of Inter- and Transdisciplinarity

The Bibliography of Inter- and Transdisciplinarity – a project that was started in 2003 – has been revised. We now focus on selected publications, which we gather through expert surveys. The compilations of publications from the annual surveys of most important literature and the theme-specific surveys are made available on our webpage. With the publication radar we additionally follow the international publication trend in the field of inter- and transdisciplinarity.

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Publikation Nov 5, 2020

Forschung für gesellschaftliche Innovationen - das Potenzial der Fachhochschulen

Fachhochschulen haben das grosse Potenzial soziale Innovationen und gesellschaftliche Transformationsprozesse durch transdisziplinäre Forschung anzustossen und zu begleiten. Sie sind damit wichtige Pfeiler im Schweizer Wissenschaftssystem, wie Präsident Marcel Tanner im Vorwort betont. Die neue Publikation der Akademien der Wissenschaften Schweiz beleuchtet Rahmenbedingungen und Handlungsfelder, damit diese Potenziale besser zum Tragen kommen. Mit dem Titel «Forschung für gesellschaftliche Innovationen an Fachhochschulen (FHs)» laden die Akademien Akteurinnen und Akteure auf verschiedenen Handlungsebenen dazu ein, TD-Forschung an Fachhochschulen breit zu verankern. Dafür sind künftig Workshops in allen Sprachregionen vorgesehen.

Publikation Jun 17, 2020

Addressing societal challenges using transdisciplinary research

OECD Science, Technology and Industry Policy Paper, June 2020

This report looks at how transdisciplinary research, which combines knowledge from different scientific disciplines with that of public and private sector stakeholders and citizens, can be used to address complex societal challenges. This includes developing effective responses in acute crises, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as longer-term solutions for sustainability development. In a series of 28 case studies, each of which is briefly summarised in the report, it identifies the key obstacles to effectively implementing transdisciplinary research. Many of these are embedded in the way that research systems are structured and managed and they are amenable to policy intervention. Examples of how various actors, including funding agencies and universities are adapting to better accommodate the requirements of transdisciplinary research are included in the report and related policy actions are ascribed for these actors.


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