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Open Access Die Rolle(n) transdisziplinärer Wissenschaft bei konfliktgeladenen Transformationsprozessen

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Globalisierung, Digitalisierung und nachhaltige Entwicklung: Der Wandel der Welt geht einher mit Konflikten und Widersprüchen zwischen diesen Transformationen. Wie können demokratisch verfasste Gesellschaften mit solchen Konflikten konstruktiv umgehen? Transdisziplinäre Ansätze integrieren prozess-, sach- und strategiebezogenes Wissen und führen im Idealfall zu einer Konfliktlösung.

In light of the three major global transformations of globalization, digitalization and sustainabilization scientific research faces new challenges and targets. Scientific studies are supposed to provide background knowledge, to facilitate the desired transformations and to offer assistance for resolving the conflicts and tensions that arise in the course of these three transformations. Concepts such as transformative, transdisciplinary or co-creative research elucidate the direction in which scientific research finds its new role(s). Based on the discussion of these concepts that are central to the readership of GAIA, the article analyzes a new modular concept for a transdisciplinary scientific approach combining and integrating classic curiosity-driven research with goal-oriented (advocacy) knowledge and catalytic, process-oriented expertise. This integration leads to a process of co-creation aimed at merging different knowledge pools and providing orientation for collective action.
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Keywords: advocacy and catalytic science; global transformations; integration of classic science; orientation knowledge; system knowledge; transdisciplinary research; transformation science; transformative science

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2019

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  • GAIA is a peer-reviewed inter- and transdisciplinary journal for scientists and other interested parties concerned with the causes and analyses of environmental and sustainability problems and their solutions.

    Environmental problems cannot be solved by one academic discipline. The complex natures of these problems require cooperation across disciplinary boundaries. Since 1991, GAIA has offered a well-balanced and practice-oriented forum for transdisciplinary research. GAIA offers first-hand information on state of the art environmental research and on current solutions to environmental problems. Well-known editors, advisors, and authors work to ensure the high quality of the contributions found in GAIA and a unique transdisciplinary dialogue – in a comprehensible style.

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