Demonstrating how a university can, in a very practical and pragmatic way, be re-envisioned through a transdisciplinary informed frame, this book shows how through an open and collegiate spirit of inquiry the most pressing and multifaceted issue of contemporary societal (un)sustainability can be addressed and understood in a way that transcends narrow disciplinary work. It also provides a practical exemplar of how far more meaningful deliberation, understandings and options for action in relation to contemporary sustainability-related crises can emerge than could otherwise be achieved. Indeed it helps demonstrate how only through a transdisciplinary ethos and approach can real progress be achieved. The fact that this can be done in parallel to (or perhaps underneath) the day-to-day business of the university serves to highlight how even micro seed initiatives can further the process of breaking down silos and reuniting C.P. Snow’s ‘two cultures’ after some four centuries of the relentless project of modernity. While much has been written and talked about with respect to both sustainability and transdisciplinarity, this book offers a pragmatic example which hopefully will signpost the ways others can, will and indeed must follow in our common quest for real progress.
Table of Contents
Part 1: Setting the Scene
- Contexts of Transdisciplinarity: Drivers, Discourses & Process
- Disciplines, Perspectives and Conversations
- Sustainability as Contingent Balance between Opposing though Interdependent Tendencies; A Process Approach to Progress and Evolution
- Paradigmatic Transformation across the Disciplines; Snapshots of an Emerging Complexity Informed Approach to Progress, Evolution and Sustainability
- Fear and Loading in the Anthropocene: Narratives of Apocalypse and Salvation in the Irish Media
- Bio-fuelling the Hummer? Transdisciplinary Thoughts on Techno-Optimism and Innovation in the Transition from Unsustainability
- The Gulf between Legal and Scientific Conceptions of Ecological ‘Integrity’: The Need for a Shared Understanding in Regulatory Policy-Making
- Precaution and Prudence in Sustainability: Heuristic of Fear and Heuristic of Love
- Sustainable Future Ecological Communities: On the Absence and Continuity of Sacred Symbols, Sublime Objects and Charismatic Heroes
- Using Energy Systems Modelling to Inform Ireland’s Low Carbon Future
- Markets, Productivism and the Implications for Irish Rural Sustainable Development
- Nanomaterials as an Emerging Category of Environmental Pollutants
- Sustaining Interdisciplinarity? Reflections on an Inter-institutional Exchange by an Early Stage Researcher
- In Praise of Intellectual Promiscuity in the Service of a ‘Passion for Sustainability’
- Transdisciplinarity within the University: Emergent Possibilities, Opportunities, Challenges and Constraints
Gerard Mullally, Colin Sage and Edmond Byrne
Gerard Mullally, Edmond Byrne and Colin Sage
Part 2: Transdisciplinary Conversations and Conceptions
Owen McIntyre and John O'Halloran
Brian Ó Gallachóir, Paul Deane and Alessandro Chiodi
Mary O’Shaughnessy and Colin Sage
Part 3: Conclusions
Stephan Maier, Michael Narodoslawsky and Gerard Mullally
Edmond Byrne, Colin Sage and Gerard Mullally
Dr Edmond Byrne is Senior Lecturer in Process & Chemical Engineering at University College Cork, Ireland.
Dr Gerard Mullally is Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at University College Cork, Ireland.
Dr Colin Sage is Senior Lecturer in Geography at University College Cork, Ireland.
All three are lead collaborators on the ‘Sustainability in Society’ transdisciplinary research group at University College Cork, Ireland.