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Open Access Transdisciplinary Knowledge Integration within Large Research Programs

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Research is increasingly organized as large programs. A growing number of such programs produce a synthesis that links and relates scientific results of individual projects and integrates them into an overarching context. The synthesis thus creates an added value that goes beyond individual project results. Which methods and procedures are used to generate that added value? This paper presents methods and procedures of transdisciplinary knowledge integration that were applied within four thematic syntheses of the Swiss National Research Programme on Sustainable Water Management (NRP 61).

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Keywords: knowledge integration; methods; procedures; research programs; sustainable water management; synthesis; transdisciplinary research

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 January 2016

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