Benefits and Challenges of Transdisciplinary Research for Urban Health Researchers

  • Nicole Schaefer-McDaniel
  • Allison N. Scott


The previous chapter outlined how transdisciplinary (TD) research, namely research that integrates divergent perspectives, frameworks, epistemologies, methods, and theories, enables urban health researchers to gather a more comprehensive understanding of social phenomena. In this chapter, we highlight the strengths TD research provides for urban health researchers as well as some of the challenges they can face. To illustrate our discussion, we will draw upon the following TD case study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Research on Inner City HealthSt. Michael’s HospitalTorontoCanada
  2. 2.Centre for Research on Inner City HealthSt. Michael’s HospitalTorontoCanada

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