Transdisciplinary Training Programme workshops 2016 – reflections and recommendations


A new report highlights reflections and recommendations for a transdisciplinary training programme, following national and regional workshops that took place earlier this year in Stellenbosch, South Africa.

The report provides an overview of the workshop training content, with sections on why transdisciplinary research is need and what it entails; ontological, epistemological and methodological considerations; and research strategies and paradigms. It also includes feedback from workshop attendees and reflections and recommendations. Facilitators and organizers have revised the transdisciplinary training programme based on this feedback and evaluation, and a number of opportunities for taking forward the initiative are being considered.

The back-to-back workshops were organized as an International Social Sciences Council (ISSC) activity, convened by START and the Centre for Complex Systems in Transition at Stellenbosch University in partnership with the Transdisciplinary Lab at ETH Zurich, Switzerland. Both workshops were made possible due to generous support of the National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa and the hosting of the Sustainability Institute in Stellenbosch, South Africa.

Download the report.