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The guiding logics and principles for designing emergent transdisciplinary research processes : learning experiences and reflections from a transdisciplinary urban case study in Enkanini informal settlement, South Africa

dc.contributor.authorVan Breda, Johnen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorSwilling, Marken_ZA
dc.date.accessioned2018-08-03T10:31:41Z
dc.date.available2018-08-03T10:31:41Z
dc.date.issued2018
dc.identifier.citationVan Breda, J. & Swilling, M. 2018. The guiding logics and principles for designing emergent transdisciplinary research processes : learning experiences and reflections from a transdisciplinary urban case study in Enkanini informal settlement, South Africa. Sustainability Science, 13(42):1-19, doi:10.1007/s11625-018-0606-x
dc.identifier.issn1862-4057 (online)
dc.identifier.issn1862-4065 (print)
dc.identifier.otherdoi:10.1007/s11625-018-0606-x
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/104220
dc.descriptionCITATION: Van Breda, J. & Swilling, M. 2018. The guiding logics and principles for designing emergent transdisciplinary research processes : learning experiences and reflections from a transdisciplinary urban case study in Enkanini informal settlement, South Africa. Sustainability Science, 13(42):1-19, doi:10.1007/s11625-018-0606-x.
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dc.description.abstractTransdisciplinarity is not a new science per se, but a new methodology for doing science with society. A particular challenge in doing science with society is the engagement with non-academic actors to enable joint problem formulation, analysis and transformation. How this is achieved differs between contexts. The premise of this paper is that transdisciplinary research (TDR) methodologies designed for developed world contexts cannot merely be replicated and transferred to developing world contexts. Thus a new approach is needed for conducting TDR in contexts characterised by high levels of complexity, conflict and social fluidity. To that end, this paper introduces a new approach to TDR titled emergent transdisciplinary design research (ETDR). A core element of this approach is that the research process is designed as it unfolds, that is, it transforms as it emerges from and within the fluid context. The ETDR outlined in this paper emerged through a case study in the informal settlement (slum) of Enkanini in Stellenbosch, South Africa. This case study demonstrates the context from and within which the ETDR approach and identifies a set of guiding logics that can be used to guide ETDR approaches in other contexts. The study demonstrates that the new logics and guiding principles were not simply derived from the TDR literature, but rather emerged from constant interacting dynamics between theory and practice. Learning how to co-design the research process through co-producing transformative knowledge and then implementing strategic interventions to bring about incremental social change is key to theory development in ways that are informed by local contextual dynamics. There are, however, risks when undertaking such TDR processes such as under-valuing disciplinary knowledge, transferring risks onto a society, and suppressing ‘truth-to-power’.en_ZA
dc.format.extent19 pages
dc.language.isoen_ZAen_ZA
dc.publisherSpringer Verlag
dc.subjectInterdisciplinary researchen_ZA
dc.subjectInterdisciplinary researchen_ZA
dc.titleThe guiding logics and principles for designing emergent transdisciplinary research processes : learning experiences and reflections from a transdisciplinary urban case study in Enkanini informal settlement, South Africaen_ZA
dc.typeArticleen_ZA
dc.description.versionPre-print
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