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Integrative research and transdisciplinary knowledge production : a review of barriers and bridges

Axelsson, Robert (2010). Integrative research and transdisciplinary knowledge production : a review of barriers and bridges. Journal of Landscape Ecology. 4:2, 14-40
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Abstract

Contemporary policies about use of natural resources clearly pronounce sustainable
development towards the goal sustainability as a focal objective. A key challenge for
research is to support improvements and management by evaluation of sustainability policy
implementation, i.e. outcomes on the ground and the social process in actual landscapes.
However, while a landscape consists of integrated social and ecological subsystems and
should thus be treated as a holistic unit or system, most research and postgraduate training
is disciplinary. This means that very few researchers are equipped to solve problems or
contribute to solutions in the non-academic world. There is thus a need for universities to
learn integrative (interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary) research and knowledge
production that meets complex challenges related to sustainable development and
sustainability issues as for example management and governance of natural resources. In
this paper I review the background, concepts and the barriers and bridges to integrative
research and knowledge production. As a base for evaluation and development of
integrative research projects I propose a normative model for integrative knowledge
production processes. This was done through a literature review and a study of an
integrative research project. I discuss how transdisciplinary research about landscapes and
to solve complex sustainability issues can be designed, viz. (1) there is a need for a
common understanding of different types of integrative research, (2) an outspoken aim to
develop socially robust knowledge, (3) a model for transdisciplinary collaborative learning
processes, and (4) a funding scheme that include academic and non-academic participants
and matches the long process of partnership building during the full knowledge production
process, from problem identification/definition to an improvement or a management
solution.

Authors/Creators:Axelsson, Robert
Title:Integrative research and transdisciplinary knowledge production : a review of barriers and bridges
Series/Journal:Journal of Landscape Ecology
Year of publishing :2010
Volume:4
Number:2
Page range:14-40
Publisher:Czech Association for Landscape Ecology
ISSN:1803-2427
Language:English
Publication Type:Journal article
Refereed:Yes
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Accepted version
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:Obsolete subject words > NATURAL SCIENCES
Obsolete subject words > FORESTRY, AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES and LANDSCAPE PLANNING
Obsolete subject words > INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH AREAS
Keywords:integrative research, transdisciplinary knowledge production
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-262
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-262
ID Code:8431
Department:(S) > School for Forest Management
Deposited By: Robert Axelsson
Deposited On:17 Nov 2011 14:12
Metadata Last Modified:02 Dec 2014 10:47

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