Facilitating Transdisciplinary Research in an Evolving Approach to Science


Transdisciplinary research is changing the way research is conducted and supported by incorporating linkages between disciplinary fields, across geographic boundaries, and among scientists and broader societal stakeholder groups. There is a compelling opportunity and important role for social scientists to participate in both transdisciplinary projects addressing societal challenge issues and in research projects focused on the development of transdisciplinary project methodology and management. A shift in approach to scientific inquiry requires adjustments in institutional support structures as well as individual research projects and specific programs. US funding agencies, including the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) have clearly built trans-disciplinarity into their portfolio of research programs.

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Hunt, F. and Thornsbury, S. (2014) Facilitating Transdisciplinary Research in an Evolving Approach to Science. Open Journal of Social Sciences, 2, 340-351. doi: 10.4236/jss.2014.24038.

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