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Phase 3: exploring impact

Welcome to Week 5 of our course! In the third phase of a transdisciplinary project, the jointly produced knowledge (and practices) are fed back into science and society. Targeted products …

Phase 2: jointly conduct research

The second phase of a transdisciplinary project is about jointly conducting research. A key challenge is the integration of knowledge and interests. Welcome to Week 4! This step shows some …

Three types of knowledge

We distinguish three different types of knowledge in transdisciplinary projects: systems knowledge, target knowledge, and transformation knowledge. ‘Systems knowledge’ refers to the analytical and descriptive knowledge about the actual state …

Mobile pastoralists and communication challenges

Providing healthcare for mobile pastoralists is a complex endeavour. It also involves understanding how to deal with cultural diversity and multilingual contexts. Prof. Dr. Jakob Zinsstag and linguist Kristina Pelikan …

International research partnerships

International research partnerships are an interesting challenge for transdisciplinary research. They need a lot of attention. This is especially true if the cooperation involves developing countries. This step introduces important …

Nomad health: healthcare for mobile pastoralists

Since 1978, the access to primary healthcare is broadly considered a fundamental human right. Mobile pastoralists, however, are still one of the least covered groups. Due to their mobile way …

Societal challenges – challenges for research

This course answers a rising need to find research approaches that help address complex societal challenges. It advocates transdisciplinary research (TDR) – its methods, phases, and processes – as such …

Why transdisciplinary research?

Complex societal challenges are best addressed with an approach bringing together scientists, decision makers, and affected people. This approach is called transdisciplinary research (TDR). In TDR actors cooperate. They analyse …

Nomad health: reflection and evaluation

A core element of JOHI is the repeated dialogue with its stakeholders and the target population of the project. JOHI is not a research project with pre-determined scientific aims and …

Making migration safer: reflecting key elements

Our experiences confirm that social learning is deeply embedded in social relations and depends on people who show enthusiasm and are willing to move things forward despite the many challenges …