Institute at Brown for Environment and Society

Transdisciplinary Scholarship

What is transdisciplinary scholarship? 

The IBES Strategic Plan makes repeated reference to ‘transdisciplinary’ learning and research, whereby knowledge and approaches from different academic disciplines and different sectors are combined to advance solutions to the most complex challenges, in close partnership with stakeholders. “Transdisciplinarity today is characterized by its focus on ‘wicked problems’ that need creative solutions, its reliance on stakeholder involvement, and engaged, socially responsible science” (J. Bernstein, 2015). IBES aims to harness the transformative potential of transdisciplinary research and education in accelerating its impact over the next five years and beyond.


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