On the road to research municipalities : Analysing transdisciplinarity in municipal ecosystem services and adaptation planning

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title On the road to research municipalities : Analysing transdisciplinarity in municipal ecosystem services and adaptation planning
Author Brink, Ebba ; Wamsler, Christine ; Adolfsson, Maria ; Axelsson, Monika ; Beery, Thomas ; Björn, Helena ; Bramryd, Torleif ; Ekelund, Nils ; Jepshon, Therese ; Narvelo, Widar ; Jönsson, Ingemar K ; Palo, Thomas ; Stålhammar, Sanna ; Thiere, Geraldine ; Ness, Barry ; Sjeldrup, Magnus
Date 2018
English abstract
Transdisciplinary research and collaboration is widely acknowledged as a critical success factor for solution- oriented approaches that can tackle complex sustainability challenges, such as biodiversity loss, pollution, and climate-related hazards. In this context, city governments’ engagement in transdisciplinarity is generally seen as a key condition for societal transformation towards sustainability. However, empirical evidence is rare. This paper presents a self-assessment of a joint research project on ecosystem services and climate adaptation planning (ECOSIMP) undertaken by four universities and seven Swedish municipalities. We apply a set of design principles and guiding questions for transdisciplinary sustainability projects and, on this basis, identify key aspects for supporting university–municipality collaboration. We show that: (1) selecting the number and type of project stakeholders requires more explicit consideration of the purpose of societal actors’ participation; (2) concrete, interim benefits for participating practitioners and organisations need to be continuously discussed; (3) promoting the ‘inter’, i.e., interdisciplinary and inter-city learning, can support transdisciplinarity and, ultimately, urban sustainability and long-term change. In this context, we found that design principles for transdisciplinarity have the potential to (4) mitigate project shortcomings, even when transdisciplinarity is not an explicit aim, and (5) address differences and allow new voices to be heard. We propose additional guiding questions to address shortcomings and inspire reflexivity in transdisciplinary projects.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/s11625-017-0499-0 (link to publisher's fulltext.)
Link https://doi.org/10.1007/s11625-017-0499-0 .Icon
Publisher Springer
Host/Issue Sustainability Science;3
Volume 13
ISSN 1862-4065
1862-4057
Language eng (iso)
Subject Transdisciplinarity
Ecosystem services
Project assessment
Collaborative sustainability research
Urban planning
Sweden
Sciences
Research Subject Categories::NATURAL SCIENCES
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/23944 Permalink to this page
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