Foundations of Interdisciplinary and Transdisciplinary Research

A Reader

Edited by Bianca Vienni-Baptista, ETH
Zürich, Isabel Fletcher and Catherine
Lyall, The University of Edinburgh

This groundbreaking reader is designed to lower the
barriers to interdisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity
in research. Edited by experienced researchers from
a range of different fields, it paves the way for future
scholarship and effective research collaborations across

Chapters offer extracts from key academic texts on
topics such as the design, funding, evaluation and
communication of research, providing those new to the
field with a thorough grounding. They highlight examples
of interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary triumphs and
challenges. Concluding each chapter is a commentary
provided by practitioners from diverse backgrounds,
many of whom are themselves developing new
approaches to inter- and transdisciplinarity.

The book is:

• the first ever comprehensive reader for interdisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity;

• essential reading for those seeking to become effective collaborative researchers;

• complete with concise introductions, extracts, commentary and further reading in each chapter.

This is a much-needed primer that improves our understanding of the characteristics of interdisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity, unlocking their exciting potential in research and teaching within and beyond academia.

Find out more here.

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