Handbook of Transdisciplinary Research

  • Gertrude Hirsch Hadorn
  • Holger Hoffmann-Riem
  • Susette Biber-Klemm
  • Walter Grossenbacher-Mansuy
  • Dominique Joye
  • Christian Pohl
  • Urs Wiesmann
  • Elisabeth Zemp

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIX
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Holger Hoffmann-Riem, Susette Biber-Klemm, Walter Grossenbacher-Mansuy, Gertrude Hirsch Hadorn, Dominique Joye, Christian Pohl et al.
      Pages 3-17
    3. Gertrude Hirsch Hadorn, Susette Biber-Klemm, Walter Grossenbacher-Mansuy, Holger Hoffmann-Riem, Dominique Joye, Christian Pohl et al.
      Pages 19-39
  3. Problem Identification and Problem Structuring

  4. Problem Analysis

About this book


Transdisciplinary research (TR) is an emerging field of research in the knowledge society. It relates science and policy in addressing issues such as:

  • global and local environmental concerns
  • migration
  • new technologies
  • public health
  • socio-cultural change

This handbook provides, for the first time, a structured overview of the manifold experiences gained in these fields. Twenty-one projects from all over the world present their research approaches, structured along the three phases of a TR project:

  • problem structuring
  • problem investigation
  • bringing results to fruition

Referring to these projects, cross-cutting challenges of TR are discussed, such as:

  • integration
  • participation
  • values and uncertainties
  • learning from case studies
  • management
  • education

A systematic positioning of transdisciplinary research in the development of sciences and humanities, and 15 propositions for enhancing transdisciplinary research situate the contributions in a larger, systematised context.  The handbook gives researchers and students an overview of the state of the art in transdisciplinary research.



Written for students, researchers, and project managers who are planning or are involved in problem-driven, transdisciplinary projects, or are working on the interface of science, society and politics.


Assessment Climate Protection Integrated systems analysis Integration Participation Public Health Research process Transdisciplinarity politics

Editors and affiliations

  • Gertrude Hirsch Hadorn
    • 1
  • Holger Hoffmann-Riem
    • 2
  • Susette Biber-Klemm
    • 3
  • Walter Grossenbacher-Mansuy
    • 4
  • Dominique Joye
    • 5
  • Christian Pohl
    • 6
    • 1
  • Urs Wiesmann
    • 7
  • Elisabeth Zemp
    • 8
  1. 1.ETH ZurichZurichSwitzerland
  2. 2.Swiss Academies of Arts and SciencesSwitzerland
  3. 3.University of BaselBaselSwitzerland
  4. 4.Swiss Science and Technology CouncilSwitzerland
  5. 5.University of LausanneLausanneSwitzerland
  6. 6.Swiss Academies of Arts and SciencesSwitzerland
  7. 7.University of BerneSwitzerland
  8. 8.University of BaselBaselSwitzerland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-6699-3
  • Copyright Information Springer Science + Business Media B.V. 2008
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4020-6698-6
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4020-6699-3
  • About this book