Complex Issues: Transdisciplinary Approaches To Generating Knowledge And Solutions

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Title:
Complex Issues: Transdisciplinary Approaches To Generating Knowledge And Solutions
Author:
Harris, Susan
Issue Date:
2015
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
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Abstract:
Over the past 50 years, complex scientific and social problems, defined as those for which the facts are uncertain, the risks great and the time frame for resolution short, have imposed demands on the scientific community to conduct scientific research that incorporates knowledge from stakeholders and expands beyond the boundaries of a single discipline. Responding to these demands, new scientific research concepts and methods have been developed and are still evolving. Beginning with the seminal work by Silvio Funtowicz and Jerome Ravetz on post normal science, this thesis traces the development of post normal science through the literature and examines the development and analysis of the three main components of transdisciplinarity: (a) problem identification; (b) knowledge production arising out of integrated research efforts by stakeholders and scientists from multiple disciplines; and, (c) the implementation of those research results. Transdisciplinarity will remain merely a concept and not a viable methodology until researchers are willing to engage in better ways to communicate, view, and process information, establish priorities and accept the methodologies of other disciplines. Further, transdisciplinarity will not realize its potential so long as researchers do not use the research process to both educate stakeholders and to be educated by stakeholders and also participate in the political arena in order to translate research into action.
Type:
text; Electronic Thesis
Keywords:
Hydrology; transdisciplinarity
Degree Name:
M.S.
Degree Level:
masters
Degree Program:
Graduate College; Hydrology
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Gupta, Hoshin

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dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.titleComplex Issues: Transdisciplinary Approaches To Generating Knowledge And Solutionsen_US
dc.creatorHarris, Susanen
dc.contributor.authorHarris, Susanen
dc.date.issued2015en
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en
dc.description.abstractOver the past 50 years, complex scientific and social problems, defined as those for which the facts are uncertain, the risks great and the time frame for resolution short, have imposed demands on the scientific community to conduct scientific research that incorporates knowledge from stakeholders and expands beyond the boundaries of a single discipline. Responding to these demands, new scientific research concepts and methods have been developed and are still evolving. Beginning with the seminal work by Silvio Funtowicz and Jerome Ravetz on post normal science, this thesis traces the development of post normal science through the literature and examines the development and analysis of the three main components of transdisciplinarity: (a) problem identification; (b) knowledge production arising out of integrated research efforts by stakeholders and scientists from multiple disciplines; and, (c) the implementation of those research results. Transdisciplinarity will remain merely a concept and not a viable methodology until researchers are willing to engage in better ways to communicate, view, and process information, establish priorities and accept the methodologies of other disciplines. Further, transdisciplinarity will not realize its potential so long as researchers do not use the research process to both educate stakeholders and to be educated by stakeholders and also participate in the political arena in order to translate research into action.en
dc.typetexten
dc.typeElectronic Thesisen
dc.subjectHydrologyen
dc.subjecttransdisciplinarityen
thesis.degree.nameM.S.en
thesis.degree.levelmastersen
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen
thesis.degree.disciplineHydrologyen
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen
dc.contributor.advisorGupta, Hoshinen
dc.contributor.committeememberGupta, Hoshinen
dc.contributor.committeememberPoupeau, Francken
dc.contributor.committeememberValdes, Juanen
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