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Is there added value in transdisciplinary research?

Nemes, Gusztav; Home, Robert and Moschitz, Heidrun (2012) Is there added value in transdisciplinary research? Paper at: XIII World Congress of Rural Sociology. The New Rural World: From Crises to Opportunities, Lisbon, 29.7.-4.8.2012.

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Summary

In this paper we present some findings of the SOLINSA, an EU 7th framework research project that aims to identify barriers to the development of Learning and Innovation Networks for sustainable agriculture. Applying a comparative approach in different countries and cultural contexts we address some of the challenges connected to transdisciplinary methodology. Our project takes an action research perspective where researchers diverge from the traditional role of observer and act as change agents facilitating the work of innovation networks. Our aim is to explore how members of the academic community can engage with these networks and through which processes they can have any positive impact. We will present two case studies (out of 17 in total in SOLINSA) to illustrate difficulties, key issues, good and bad practices. Through this, apart from academia, we intend to contribute to innovation and the advancement of complex systems within the European rural development arena.


EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:action research, participatory research, networks
Subjects: Knowledge management > Research methodology and philosophy > Systems research and participatory research
Research affiliation: European Union > Other projects, departments, etc.
Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Socio-Economics > Rural sociology
H2020 or FP7 Grant Agreement Number:266306
Deposited By: Moschitz, Heidrun
ID Code:25524
Deposited On:27 Mar 2014 07:19
Last Modified:27 Mar 2014 10:34
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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