Handbook of Transdisciplinary Research

  • Gertrude Hirsch Hadorn
  • Holger Hoffmann-Riem
  • Susette Biber-Klemm
  • Walter Grossenbacher-Mansuy
  • Dominique Joye
  • Christian Pohl
  • Urs Wiesmann
  • Elisabeth Zemp

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIX
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Holger Hoffmann-Riem, Susette Biber-Klemm, Walter Grossenbacher-Mansuy, Gertrude Hirsch Hadorn, Dominique Joye, Christian Pohl et al.
      Pages 3-17
    3. Gertrude Hirsch Hadorn, Susette Biber-Klemm, Walter Grossenbacher-Mansuy, Holger Hoffmann-Riem, Dominique Joye, Christian Pohl et al.
      Pages 19-39
  3. Problem Identification and Problem Structuring

  4. Problem Analysis

  5. Bringing Results to Fruition

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 275-275
    2. Esther Schelling, Kaspar Wyss, Colette Diguimbaye, Mahamat Béchir, Moustapha Ould Taleb, Bassirou Bonfoh et al.
      Pages 277-291
    3. Carole Després, Andrée Fortin, Florent Joerin, Geneviève Vachon, Elise Gatti, GianPiero Moretti
      Pages 327-341
  6. Cross-cutting Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 343-343
    2. Aant Elzinga
      Pages 345-359
    3. Silvio Funtowicz, Jerome Ravetz
      Pages 361-368
    4. Wolfgang Krohn
      Pages 369-383
    5. Kirsten Hollaender, Marie Céline Loibl, Arnold Wilts
      Pages 385-397
    6. Julie Thompson Klein
      Pages 399-410
    7. Christian Pohl, Lorrae van Kerkhoff, Gertrude Hirsch Hadorn, Gabriele Bammer
      Pages 411-424
  7. Summary and Outlook

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 425-425
    2. Christian Pohl, Gertrude Hirsch Hadorn
      Pages 427-432
    3. Urs Wiesmann, Susette Biber-Klemm, Walter Grossenbacher-Mansuy, Gertrude Hirsch Hadorn, Holger Hoffmann-Riem, Dominique Joye et al.
      Pages 433-441
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 443-448

About this book


Transdisciplinary research (TR) is an emerging field of research in the knowledge society. It relates science and policy in addressing issues such as:

  • global and local environmental concerns
  • migration
  • new technologies
  • public health
  • socio-cultural change

This handbook provides, for the first time, a structured overview of the manifold experiences gained in these fields. Twenty-one projects from all over the world present their research approaches, structured along the three phases of a TR project:

  • problem structuring
  • problem investigation
  • bringing results to fruition

Referring to these projects, cross-cutting challenges of TR are discussed, such as:

  • integration
  • participation
  • values and uncertainties
  • learning from case studies
  • management
  • education

A systematic positioning of transdisciplinary research in the development of sciences and humanities, and 15 propositions for enhancing transdisciplinary research situate the contributions in a larger, systematised context.  The handbook gives researchers and students an overview of the state of the art in transdisciplinary research.



Written for students, researchers, and project managers who are planning or are involved in problem-driven, transdisciplinary projects, or are working on the interface of science, society and politics.


Assessment Climate Protection Integrated systems analysis Integration Participation Public Health Research process Transdisciplinarity politics

Editors and affiliations

  • Gertrude Hirsch Hadorn
    • 1
  • Holger Hoffmann-Riem
    • 2
  • Susette Biber-Klemm
    • 3
  • Walter Grossenbacher-Mansuy
    • 4
  • Dominique Joye
    • 5
  • Christian Pohl
    • 6
    • 1
  • Urs Wiesmann
    • 7
  • Elisabeth Zemp
    • 8
  1. 1.ETH ZurichZurichSwitzerland
  2. 2.Swiss Academies of Arts and SciencesSwitzerland
  3. 3.University of BaselBaselSwitzerland
  4. 4.Swiss Science and Technology CouncilSwitzerland
  5. 5.University of LausanneLausanneSwitzerland
  6. 6.Swiss Academies of Arts and SciencesSwitzerland
  7. 7.University of BerneSwitzerland
  8. 8.University of BaselBaselSwitzerland

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