NEWS 15.06.2018

DLR Brief: TOWARDS A VIRTUAL COLLABORATION PLATFORM FOR INTER- AND TRANSDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH

Inter and transdisciplinary research is proving to be one of the most important aspects in the journey towards a more sustainable future, but also one of the aspects which brings up new challenges. The DLR has released a brief adressing virtual collaboration for inter- and transdisciplinary research in support of international environmental policy that puts people at the focus.

The brief brings the following topics to the forefront:

  • Challenging traditional research communities: A need for inter- and transdisciplinary research in support of international environmental policy
  • The current situation of fragmented research communities
  • Establishing a virtual collaboration platform for inter- and transdisciplinary research

And lists the aims of the virtual collaboration platform for inter- and transdisciplinary research, such as :

  • Bringing  together relevant players and ensuring an open and long-lasting dialogue between and beyond scientific disciplines to strengthen collaboration focused on tailoring demand-driven solutions
  • Promoting  knowledge generation towards science-based solutions to inform environmental policy and strategic research agendas
  • And providing  science-based information for the implementation of recent UN agreements

In addition to that, it poses some initial research questions for transdisciplinary research, including:

  • What measures are needed to make cities increasingly “inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable” (SDG 11) ?
  • How can cities sustain and improve livelihoods and human wellbeing for all sections of society, and at the same time reduce negative impacts on their biophysical environment?

  • How can cities reduce their carbon foot print and other pollution and ensure access to basic services e.g. energy, housing, and transportation?

And many more.

 

“Towards a virtual collaboration platform for inter- and transdisciplinary research in support of international environmental policy that puts people at the focus: a new role for social sciences and the humanities.” M. Akhtar-Schuster and C. Textor (Eds.). DLR Project Management Agency, Berlin/Bonn, Germany, 2018.