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Environmental Modeling & Assessment

, Volume 12, Issue 4, pp 253–256 | Cite as

Integrating disciplinary research into an interdisciplinary framework: A case study in sustainability research

Introduction to the special issue
  • Gottfried Tappeiner
  • Ulrike Tappeiner
  • Janette Walde
Article

Abstract

The complexity of today’s research problems increasingly demands that scientists move beyond the confines of their own discipline. In this special issue, the basics of a transdisciplinary framework are established and problems analyzed in a specific discipline are successfully integrated in this transdisciplinary network. The intent has been to go beyond only statements about the importance of enabling early stage researchers to work across disciplinary boundaries, and to show that important discoveries are being made at the intersection of disciplines. Embedding various research projects in a more global framework can meet the demands of an interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary approach (especially for early stage researchers) and contribute significantly to sustainable research.

Keywords

interdisciplinarity transdisciplinarity sustainable research 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gottfried Tappeiner
    • 1
  • Ulrike Tappeiner
    • 2
    • 3
  • Janette Walde
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Economic Theory, Economic Policy and Economic HistoryUniversity of InnsbruckInnsbruckAustria
  2. 2.Institute of EcologyUniversity of InnsbruckInnsbruckAustria
  3. 3.European Academy of Bolzano/BozenBolzanoItaly
  4. 4.Department of StatisticsUniversity of InnsbruckInnsbruckAustria

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