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Main Title Tackling wicked problems : through the transdisciplinary imagination /
Other Authors
Author Title of a Work
Brown, Valerie A.
Harris, John A.
Russell, Jacqueline Y.
Publisher Earthscan from Routledge,
Year Published 2010
OCLC Number 502303974
ISBN 9781844079247; 1844079244; 9781844079254; 1844079252
Subjects Interdisciplinary research ; Interdisciplinary approach to knowledge ; Social problems--Environmental aspects ; Science ; Tvärvetenskaplig forskning ; Kunskapsteori ; Miljèofrêagor--sociala aspekter
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
EJAM  Q180.55.I48T33 2010 Region 3 Library/Philadelphia, PA 10/09/2012
Collation xx, 312 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Notes
Part I : the ideas. Towards a just and sustainable future / V.A. Brown, P.M. Deane, J.A. Harris and J.Y. Russell ; Beyond disciplinary confinement to imaginative transdisciplinarity / R.J. Lawrence ; A philosophical framework for an open and critical transdisciplinary inquiry / J.Y. Russell ; Collective inquiry and its wicked problems / V.A. Brown ; Ignorance and uncertainty / M. Smithson -- Part 2. The practice. Conducting an imaginative transdiciplinary inquiry / V.A. Brown ; Specialized Inquiry / Overview [editors] ; 'Now I'm not an expert in anything' : challenges in undertaking transdisciplinary inquieries across the social nd biophysical sciences / H.J. Aslin, K.L. Blackstock ; Global inequalities in research : a transdisciplinary exploration of causes and consequences / L. van Kerkhoff ; Applying specialized knowledge / J. Schooneveldt ; Community-based inquiry / Overview [editors] ; Inclusive governance for sustainability / C.M. Hendriks ; Fences and windows : using visual methods to explore conflicts in land and seascape management / C. Wyborn, D. Cleland ; Calculating community risk : a transdisciplinary inquiry into contemporary understandings of risk / G. Li ; Organizational inquiry / Overview [editors] ; Embedded scales : interdisciplinary and institutional issues / S. Dovers ; Adaptiveness adn openness in ecosystem management : an exemplary sensitivity / G. Walkerden ; Truth, knowledge and data : a study of truth-building in organizational change / C. Parissi ; Individual-focused inquiry / Overview [editors] ; Mking their way : releasing the potential of environmental studies graduates / J.A. Harris ; White skin black masks : a personal narrative on benevolent racism / J. Grootjans ; Exploring the doctoral interface / J. Cumming ; Holistic inquiry / Overview [editors] ; Designerly ways of knowing : what does design have to offer? / V.P. Turnbull Hocking ; Rethinking change / R. Griffith ; All knowledge is indigenous / K. Arabena -- Part 3 : the future. Human ecology and open transdisciplinary inquiry / R. Dyball ; Can there be a community of practice? / V.A. Brown. "From climate change to GM foods, we are increasingly confronted with complex, interconnected social and environmental problems that span disciplines, knowledge bases and value systems. This book offers a transdisciplinary, open approach for those working towards resolving these 'wicked' problems and highlights the crucial role of this 'transdisciplinary imagination' in addressing the shift to sustainable futures. Tackling Wicked Problems provides readers with a framework and practical examples that will guide the design and conduct of their own open-ended enquiries. In this approach, academic disciplines are combined with personal, local and strategic understanding and researchers are required to recognise multiple knowledge cultures, accept the inevitability of uncertainty, and clarify their own and others' ethical positions. The authors then comment on fifteen practical examples of how researchers have engaged with the opportunities and challenges of conducting transdisciplinary inquiries. The book gives those who are grappling with complex problems innovative methods of inquiry that will allow them to work collaboratively towards long-term solutions"--