Normativity, Objectivity and Quality Assurance of Transdisciplinary Processes

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The project – designed for three years' duration – consists of a more epistemological and a more applied part and looks at the roles of researchers and other practitioners in transdisciplinary processes. Such roles may be conceived differently, depending on how the model of science-society interaction is spelled out. What specific kinds of normative constraint hold for the relatively young research mode of transdisciplinary? How is the objectivity of research affected? And how do those ideas influence the different roles of stakeholders? This epistemological endeavour is mirrored in the more applied part of the project that investigates the different roles involved in transdisciplinary processes empirically. As accompanying research to other research projects or product development processes the project aims at a concept for a process monitoring framework or transdisciplinary dialogues.

Aims and objectives

The project reflects the issue of role models and process quality from different perspectives and will reveal which role models and behaviours contribute to successful transdisciplinary processes. In doing so, options for metrics of ‘success’ will be developed which are consistent with various science-society interaction models.

Research projects to be accompanied

Project staff

Principal Investigators
Prof. Dr. Hermann Held, Universität Hamburg
Susanne Schuck-Zöller, Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS)

Contributing Researchers
Dr. Elke Keup-Thiel, Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS)
Prof. Dr. Simone Rödder, Universität Hamburg
Prof. Dr. Torsten Wilholt, Universität Hannover
Dr. Markus Dressel, Universität Hamburg

Members of External Project Network

Prof. Dr. Matthias Bergmann
ISOE – Institut für sozial-ökologische Forschung, Frankfurt am Main

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Beywl
Pädagogische Hochschule FHNW, Windisch (Schweiz)
Univation GmbH, Köln/Berlin

Manfred Born
ecolo Agentur für Ökologie und Kommunikation, Bremen

Prof. Dr. Guy Brasseur
Max Planck Institut für Meteorologie, Hamburg

Dr. Susanne Bührer-Topçu
Fraunhofer-Institut für System- und Innovationsforschung, Karlsruhe

Dr. Dirk Scheffler
e-fect dialog evaluation consulting, Berlin/Leipzig

Birge Wolf
Universität Kassel, Fachbereich Ökologische Agrarwissenschaften