If I were asked when the Oeko-Institut started transdisciplinary working – that is, discussing the challenges of conservation with all stakeholders from society and the scientific community – I would say: on Day One. That is because the very first analyses done by our scientists in the 1970s were the product of the joint efforts of citizens’ action groups, environmental lawyers and alternative research. Our experts took other people’s knowledge and recombined it; spokespersons for environmental groups as well as other people brought this information to the policy-making table. I can say with confidence that our work at the Oeko-Institut was already transdisciplinary even before the term came into use.
Our last major review of the topic of transdisciplinary sustainability research was in our 2012 Annual Report. In this issue of eco@work we examine the subject again from…more