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Sustainability and the Challenge of Transdisciplinarity

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START DATE 27 September 2016
START TIME 04:00pm

CG11, College Building, Middlesex University, the Burroughs, Hendon, London, NW4 4BT

END DATE 27 September 2016
END TIME 06:00pm

Prof. Fergus Lyon and Dr. Frances Harris discuss the complex problems facing sustainability science and the need to draw on both multiple disciplines and professions to combat these

In this seminar, Professor Fergus Lyon and Dr Frances Harris discuss the complex problems facing sustainability science and the need for research to draw on both multiple disciplines and multiple professions such as business, public policy and civil society.

Such transdisciplinary research involves complex collaborations drawing together different approaches, methodologies, goals and values. Each of these groups have different priorities and agendas, so research that aims to bring these together has to find a way of managing the tensions that may arise.

In this talk, the professors will explore the nature of this research that cuts across the boundaries of academic research and practice. Drawing on theories of institutional logics, they explore how successful collaborations require researchers to overcome tensions at different stages of any research project.

This seminar presents the results of a large review of transdisciplinary research in sustainability science and sets out a research agenda and framework for understanding these processes.

Professor Fergus Lyon

Fergus is a Professor of Enterprise and Organisations in the Centre for Enterprise and Economic Development Research, at Middlesex and Deputy Director of the ESRC Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity.

His research interests include social and sustainable enterprises, alternative investment, enterprise support policy, organisational trust and transdisciplinary research practice.

Frances Harris

Frances is Senior lecturer in Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences at University of Hertfordshire. She is the lead author of the Nexus Network thinkpiece 'Transdisciplinary environmental research: a review of approaches to knowledge co-production'.

Over her career she has worked in Africa and the UK, building bridges between the professions of farming, science and policy.

All are welcome to this free event.

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