OECD GSF / Transdisciplinary Research to Address Global Societal Challenges

Transdisciplinary Research to Address Global Societal Challenges - OECD Project

Transdisciplinary Research to Address Global Societal Challenges - OECD Project

Transdisciplinary research, integrating natural and social sciences with input from other stakeholders, is considered to be important for developing solutions to complex societal challenges, including those identified in the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Trans-disciplinarity is characretised by 2 key features:1. collaboration between national and social scientists; 2. engagement of non-academic stakeholders, such as like public officials, citizens and commercial and not-for-profit organisations. There are many obstacles to promoting transdisciplinary research. These include, academic peer-review systems, evaluation and career paths, education and training. The OECD Global Science (GSF) is developing a systematic analysis of practices for transdisciplinary research at the institutional level across different communities and countries. The GSF project is designed to promote mutual learning between countries and the main output will be policy recommendations/options on transdisciplinary research to address global societal challenges.