1st Edition

Transdisciplinary Research, Sustainability, and Social Transformation Governance and Knowledge Co-Production

By Tom Dedeurwaerdere Copyright 2024
    196 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    196 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book addresses the gap in the existing literature on the governance of transdisciplinary research partnerships in transformational sustainability research by exploring the governance of knowledge co-production in coupled socio-ecological system dynamics.

    Multiple social and ecological crises raise new cross-sectoral research questions that call for an evolution in contemporary science in the direction of society-wide knowledge co-production on sustainability transformations of interdependent social and ecological systems. This book proposes a new approach to this based on enabling capacities for collaboration among scientific researchers and societal actors with diverse values, perspectives, and research interests. By drawing upon the thriving literature on the conditions for community and multistakeholder-driven collective action, the analysis sheds new light on the governance arrangements for organizing so-called transdisciplinary research partnerships for sustainability. This book identifies robust conditions that lead to effective collaborative research with societal actors and digs deeper into capacity building for partnership research through fostering social learning on sustainability values among research partners and organizing training and knowledge exchange at institutions of higher education.

    The book proposes solutions for addressing collective action challenges in transdisciplinary partnerships in an accessible and broadly interdisciplinary manner to a large audience of sustainability scholars and practitioners. It will be of interest to students and researchers in the fields of sustainable development, social ecological transitions, and science policy, while also being a useful resource for engineers, QSE managers, and policymakers.

    The Open Access version of this book, available at http://www.taylorfrancis.com, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND) 4.0 license.

    1. Transdisciplinary research partnerships for environmental justice and citizenship within planetary boundaries     

    2. Overcoming collective action failures in knowledge co-production practices     

    3. Generating actionable knowledge outputs through collaborative research co-design    

    4. Social learning among actors with incommensurable value perspectives on sustainability transformations         

    5. Developing integrated boundary-crossing organizational networks        

    6. Implementing knowledge co-production on sustainability transformations in academia and beyond   


    Tom Dedeurwaerdere is Professor of the Theory of Governance and Philosophy of Science at the Université catholique de Louvain (UCLouvain), Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium. He has extensively published in scholarly journals on the organization of scientific research commons and collective action for sustainability transformations. His previous books include Social Innovation in the Service of Social and Ecological Transformation: The Rise of the Enabling State (with Olivier de Schutter, 2022), Governing Digitally Integrated Genetic Resources, Data, and Literature: Global Intellectual Property Strategies for a Redesigned Microbial Research Commons (with Jerome H. Reichman and Paul F. Uhlir, 2016) and Sustainability Science for Strong Sustainability (2014).