Sustainability research and transdisciplinarity

Research for sustainable development is of inter and transdisciplinary character. Transdisciplinary research aims integrating social sciences, humanities, natural sciences in function of societally negotiated problems of and solutions for sustainable development. This means that scientific work turns into part and parcel of societal learning processes that jointly analyze the structures, processes and actors that are implied in making development more or less sustainable. This new form of co-producing knowledge between members of the scientific community and non-scientific communities is an important emerging field often also called sustainability sciences. How to conceptualize, make operational and through which methods can transdisciplinary research be enhanced in order to increase its contribution to sustainable development? Such meta-theoretical questions are addressed by our cluster through the following projects: