Tackling Wicked Problems: Through the Transdisciplinary Imagination

Tackling Wicked Problems: Through the Transdisciplinary Imagination

by Valerie A. Brown, John A. Harris, Jacqueline Russell
     
 

From climate change to GM foods, we are increasingly confronted with complex, interconnected social and environmental problems that span disciplines, knowledge bases and value systems. This book offers a transdisciplinary, open approach for those working towards resolving these 'wicked' problems and highlights the crucial role of this 'transdisciplinary imagination

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Overview

From climate change to GM foods, we are increasingly confronted with complex, interconnected social and environmental problems that span disciplines, knowledge bases and value systems. This book offers a transdisciplinary, open approach for those working towards resolving these 'wicked' problems and highlights the crucial role of this 'transdisciplinary imagination' in addressing the shift to sustainable futures.

Tackling Wicked Problems provides readers with a framework and practical examples that will guide the design and conduct of their own open-ended enquiries. In this approach, academic disciplines are combined with personal, local and strategic understanding and researchers are required to recognise multiple knowledge cultures, accept the inevitability of uncertainty, and clarify their own and others' ethical positions. The authors then comment on fifteen practical examples of how researchers have engaged with the opportunities and challenges of conducting transdisciplinary inquiries.

The book gives those who are grappling with complex problems innovative methods of inquiry that will allow them to work collaboratively towards long-term solutions.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781844079247
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
08/28/2010
Edition description:
1
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword

Acknowledgements

Part I: The Ideas

1. Towards a Just and Sustainable Future

2. Beyond Disciplinary Confinement to Imaginative Transdisciplinarity

3. A Philosophical Framework for an Open and Critical Transdisciplinary Inquiry

4. Collective Inquiry and Its Wicked Problems

5. Ignorance and Uncertainty

Part II: The Practice
Overview

6. Conducting an Imaginative Transdisciplinary Inquiry

7. Specialized Inquiry
7a 'Now I'm Not an Expert in Anything'
7b Global Inequalities in Research
7c Applying Specialized Knowledge

8. Community-based Inquiry
Overview
8a Inclusive Governance for Sustainability
8b Fences and Windows
8c Calculating Community Risk

9. Organisational Inquiry
Overview
9a Embedded Scales
9b Adaptiveness and Openness
9c Truth, Knowledge and Data

10. Individual-focused Inquiry
Overview
10a Making Their Way
10b White Skin, Black Masks
10c Exploring the Doctoral Interface

11. Holistic Inquiry
Overview
11a Designerly Ways of Knowing
11b Rethinking Change
11c All Knowledge Is Indigenous

Part III: The Future
Overview

12. Human Ecology and Open Transdisciplinary Inquiry

13. Can There Be a Community of Practice?

Glossary

Index

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