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The Origins and Importance of Transdisciplinary Research

Featuring Christian Pohl

Members of WVU, local nonprofits, government agencies and community stakeholders are invited to WVU’s first transdisciplinary research colloquia, held over a series of virtual lectures in spring 2021.

Transdisciplinary research is a form of research that transcends disciplinary boundaries. One way it accomplishes this is by incorporating community based or other participatory approaches to research into its framework. Transdisciplinary research actively seeks to integrate non-academic partners as equal members of a project or team. No one academic discipline has the breadth, scope and knowledge to confront large or “wicked” social problems alone. But WVU researchers learning together with non-academic partners in government, industry, nonprofits and beyond can introduce new ideas, make sustainable change and develop innovative and holistic approaches to all forms of social inequity.

Register for the colloquia.

About the Speaker

Christian Pohl
Christian Pohl is co-director of the Transdisciplinarity Lab of the Department of Environmental Systems Science at ETH Zurich. Pohl studied environmental sciences, followed by a doctoral thesis on uncertainty in environmental assessments. As a postdoc, he moved to the field of science studies and analyzed inter- and transdisciplinary research. Over the last decade he has contributed to the development of theory and practice of transdisciplinary research, specifically in the field of sustainable development (cf. Principles for Designing Transdisciplinary Research, Handbook of Transdisciplinary Research, Methods for Coproducing Knowledge). The main class he teaches is the yearlong case study "Umweltproblemlösen" (Tackling Environmental Problems).