Transdisciplinarity Reading List

On September 16, 2008 by christy

Jess Laccetti mentioned on Twitter that she is starting a transdisciplinarity reading list. Transdisciplinarity is a relatively young research approach, and so finding information isn’t easy. The following list is not at all comprehensive, but they are some of my favourites.

It is important to note that despite the area being somewhat new, it already has (as is normal) people invoking the name of transdisciplinarity even though they mean other forms of already existing research approaches. Although I do attempt my own more complicated concept explication of the area in my thesis, I’ll quickly note there that there are (at least) two very different implementations of transdisciplinarity in the methodological realm: one that argues it should be about collaboration between academia & non-academia to address world-scale problems, and another that argues it is a conceptual approach that can be applied to anything, by an individual or group. I personally am in the school of the latter (which is the Nicolescu school if you like), but find the information and methodological rigor of the former approach invaluabe (which you’ll find at the td-net site, Handbook & Principles books). There is also ‘transdisciplinarity’ as an artistic approach (which is the leaning of the Planetary Collegium and others). I don’t use transdisciplinarity in that sense.






  • Dr. Sue McGregor explains ‘The Nature of Transdisciplinary Research and Practice’ in this 30 minute interview that is available for online streaming [I don’t subscribe to all of her definitions of transdisciplinarity, but the video is interesting nevertheless]

I’d love to hear of any resources you think I’d be interested in!