Converging Disciplines

A Transdisciplinary Research Approach to Urban Health Problems

  • Maritt Kirst
  • Nicole Schaefer-McDaniel
  • Stephen Hwang
  • Patricia O'Campo

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. An Introduction to Transdisciplinary Research

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Patricia O’Campo, Maritt Kirst, Nicole Schaefer-McDaniel, Stephen Hwang
      Pages 3-11
    3. Nicole Schaefer-McDaniel, Allison N. Scott
      Pages 13-22
  3. Examples of Transdisciplinary Research

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 39-39
    2. Helen Roberts, Susan J. Smith, Betty Campbell, Cathy Rice
      Pages 69-80
  4. The Process of Transdisciplinary Research

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 81-81
    2. Patricia G. Erickson, Jennifer E. Butters
      Pages 83-95
    3. Shalini Misra, Kara Hall, Annie Feng, Brooke Stipelman, Daniel Stokols
      Pages 97-110
  5. Moving Forward

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 131-131
    2. Shalini Misra, Daniel Stokols, Kara Hall, Annie Feng
      Pages 133-147
    3. Joy L. Johnson, Sharon Hrynkow
      Pages 149-160
    4. Maritt Kirst, Nicole Schaefer-McDaniel, Stephen Hwang, Patricia O’Campo
      Pages 161-167
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 169-172

About this book


Converging Disciplines: A Transdisciplinary Research Approach to Urban Health Problems

Maritt Kirst, Nicole Schaefer-McDaniel, Stephen Hwang, and Patricia O’Campo

Centre for Research on Inner City Health, Toronto, Canada

As urban populations grow, new health problems evolve in tandem with longstanding issues. And as a welter of social, environmental, and access factors further complicate the picture, workable solutions require increasingly sophisticated understanding and innovative methods—generally beyond the scope of one professional field. Converging Disciplines introduces the concept of transdisciplinary research as a multidimensional, research-to-practice approach to urban health issues, not only bringing researchers together but also linking stakeholders, from practitioners to policymakers to community members. This immediately accessible volume differentiates transdisciplinary research from multi- and interdisciplinary strategies, as well as from popular community-based models, and brings a uniquely North American set of perspectives to the concept. Chapter authors explore the theory behind the methods as well as their application in meeting chronic problems (e.g., domestic violence, substance abuse) and working with vulnerable populations (e.g., homeless individuals, refugees) in ways that are ecologically based, ethically sound, and eminently practical. Key areas of coverage:

  • Benefits and challenges of transdisciplinary research in the urban health setting.
  • Transdisciplinary research process, including methodologies, collaboration, and information sharing.
  • Detailed case examples of transdisciplinary research used in addressing health issues among marginalized urban populations.
  • An overview of training programs in the U.S. and Canada.
  • The view from funding agencies.
  • Preparing the university, researchers, and the job market for a transdisciplinary future.

Researchers and graduate students in urban and public health will find inspiring reading in Converging Disciplines: a bold framework for transforming their fields, and the tools for meeting the new generation of urban health challenges.


research design research methods transdisciplinarity

Editors and affiliations

  • Maritt Kirst
    • 1
  • Nicole Schaefer-McDaniel
    • 2
  • Stephen Hwang
    • 3
  • Patricia O'Campo
    • 4
  1. 1.Dalla Lana School of Public HealthOntario Tobacco Research UnitTorontoCanada
  2. 2.Centre for Research on Inner City HealthSt. Michael's HospitalTorontoCanada
  3. 3.St. Michael's HospitalTorontoCanada
  4. 4.St. Michael's HospitalTorontoCanada

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4419-6329-1
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4419-6330-7
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