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Converging Disciplines

A Transdisciplinary Research Approach to Urban Health Problems

  • Maritt Kirst
  • Nicole Schaefer-McDaniel
  • Stephen Hwang
  • Patricia O'Campo
  • Offers a guide to transdiciplinary research methods for researchers in public health

  • Incorporates theory and case examples

  • Includes an overview of training programs in the U.S. and Canada

Book

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

Introduction

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.

Keywords

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

About the editors

Maritt Kirst is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Centre for Research on Inner City Health, St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, Canada. Nicole Schaefer-McDaniel is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Centre for Research on Inner City Health, St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, Canada. Stephen Hwang is a Research Scientist at the Centre for Research on Inner City Health, St. Michael's Hospital, an Associate Professor in the Departments of Medicine, Public Health Sciences, and Health Policy, at the University of Toronto and Director of the Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of Toronto, Canada. Patricia O’Campo is Alma and Baxter Ricard Chair in Inner City Health and Director of the Centre for Research on Inner City Health at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto. She is also Professor of Public Health Sciences at the University of Toronto and Adjunct Professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Converging Disciplines
  • Book Subtitle A Transdisciplinary Research Approach to Urban Health Problems
  • Editors Maritt Kirst
    Nicole Schaefer-McDaniel
    Stephen Hwang
    Patricia O'Campo
  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-6330-7
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4419-6329-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4419-6863-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4419-6330-7
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXII, 172
  • Number of Illustrations 1 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Medicine/Public Health, general
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