Glossary of Terms


Co-design, co-production and co-delivery/dissemination refers to a way of doing research in which relevant stakeholders or user groups, academic (including all relevant disciplines) and non-academic (e.g. decision-makers, practitioners, civil society and industry representatives), are involved, from the setting of priorities and framing of research questions, to the implementation of the research and the dissemination of results.

The Global Knowledge Trust is an expanding repository of knowledge and a reference point for expertise on social transformation that will continue to inform the development of solutions beyond the formal lifespan of the Transformations to Sustainability Programme.

Interdisciplinary research refers to research involving genuine and motivated collaboration and integration of knowledge and practices between researchers from different disciplines and domains of science.

Integrated research refers to the co-design and co-production of knowledge across scientific borders, across national boundaries and with the involvement of so-called researcher users. Integrated research is interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary and pluralistic in nature, i.e. working with multiple socio-geographic perspectives and approaches and incorporating communities of practice and epistemic frameworks from all parts of the world.

Knowledge partner refers to any of the partners in a Transformative Knowledge Network, professional researcher or not (from the research community, policy-making community, civil society, etc.) who contribute their knowledge and expertise in a significant way to the research endeavour.

Main partners are the coordinating partners in the countries/locations involved in a Transformative Knowledge Network.

Network Coordinator refers to the leader (or co-leader) of a Transformative Knowledge Network. He/she is responsible for communication between the Transformative Knowledge Network and the ISSC/NRF and for fulfilling any reporting requirements. His or her institution administers the grant. When a Transformative Knowledge Network is co-led by two Network Coordinators, the grant must be administered by the institution of one of them.

Transdisciplinary research refers to genuine and justified collaboration in research between professional researchers and various societal actors and stakeholders (e.g. decision-makers, practitioners, civil society and industry representatives).

A Transformative Knowledge Network is an international research network funded by the Transformations Programme in order to undertake empirical, comparative, solutions-oriented research on needs and opportunities for social transformation in specific socio-ecological settings, involving the relevant academic disciplines and societal stakeholders (e.g. practitioners, policy-makers, activities, civil society) in the design and implementation of the research.

Transformative Knowledge Workshops are an annual event in the Transformations to Sustainability Programme, bringing together the main partners in the Transformative Knowledge Networks with invited experts for focussed discussions, mutual learning and exchange of experience and to further progress in building the Global Knowledge Trust on social transformation.