Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

2019 Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho

Transdisciplinary Processes for Sustainable Development

  • Marc CrapsEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11352-0_102


Transdisciplinary processes for Sustainable Development refer to the relational characteristics of the collaboration between academic and non-academic actors that are necessary to address the complex conceptual, value-laden and action-driven challenges of sustainable development.


Sustainable development assumes a holistic approach to the complex human-ecosystem interrelationships. Such an approach requires an intense collaborative effort between a variety of academic and nonacademic actors with different knowledge traditions, perspectives on, and interests in the way they experience and frame sustainability-related issues. This is contrary to the dominating practices in higher education based on specialization in disconnected disciplines. Higher education requires research and learning practices that stimulate specialists from different fields to engage in collaborative activities with nonacademic actors that contribute to sustainable development. Due attention...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Economics and Business Management, Centre for Corporate SustainabilityKU LeuvenBrusselsBelgium

Section editors and affiliations

  • Noor Adelyna Mohammed Akib
    • 1
  • Tehmina Khan
    • 2
  1. 1.Universiti Sains MalaysiaPenangMalaysia
  2. 2.School of AccountingRMIT UniversityMelbourneAustralia