Practice and outcomes of multidisciplinary research for environmental sustainability

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Abstract

Since about 1990, when sustainability became a key concept for a wide range of scientific disciplines, the need for multidisciplinary collaboration has increased. We present five illustrative cases from the long-standing environmental research work at the University of Groningen. The projects described are about hazardous materials risk, odor annoyance, energy scenario evaluation, climate decision analysis, and household consumption, respectively. The various case discussions emphasize experiences in research conceptualization, project design and execution, main findings, policy advice and surplus value, and difficulties met. Conclusions and recommendations are presented about the practice of multidisciplinary research. Finally, some challenges for research and development about environmental sustainability are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)175-197
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Social Issues
Volume63
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2007

Keywords

  • TRANSDISCIPLINARITY
  • CHALLENGES
  • BENEFITS
  • SCIENCE
  • RISKS

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