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ACDI – Transdisciplinarity research seminar UCT 17 October 2019

October 17 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

ACDI SEMINARS
For 2019’s final meeting of the ACDI’s Transdisciplinarity Working Group, we have organised two presentations (see detailed abstracts below) during which
Emily Tyler and John Harrison will discuss:

1) why they chose to do transdisciplinary research;
2) the transdisciplinary-focused aspects of their research and any challenges;
3) their transdisciplinary framing/frameworks.

The presentations will be followed by a general discussion.

When: Thursday 17 October, 13h00 – 15h00
Where: EGS Studio 5, UCT Upper Campus

A COMPLEX TRANSDISCIPLINARY EXPLORATION OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN CLIMATE MITIGATION POLICY

Emily Tyler
ACDI Honourary Research Affiliate

In 2014, Emily convened an international ‘Forum on Development and (Climate) Mitigation’, which specifically brought together the climate mitigation and development communities. From the resulting discussions tentative research questions emerged, and her transdisciplinary doctoral journey into how the South African climate mitigation community of practice ‘does what it does’ began.

Whilst transdisciplinarity played many roles in Emily’s research – methodology and frame, creative muse and guardian of ethics – perhaps the most important was its role in foregrounding and enabling an exploration of metacognition in the context of the complex contemporary policy challenge of climate mitigation in a developing country.

FROM THE PHILOSOPHY UNDERPINNING TRANSDISCIPLINARITY TO A WAY OF WORKING WITHIN A MASTER’S TIMELINE

John Harrison
Postgraduate in the Engineering Faculty
The United Nations has committed to sustainable development goals which are transdisciplinary, but our education and work occupations are modern and disciplinary. The move to transdisciplinarity seems to need a philosophical shift and a change in our way of working.

Transdisciplinarity has two main thrusts. The first is a bridging of academia and society for socially relevant research. The second addresses global challenges which are beyond the scope of a discipline. The common factor is that they are beyond the scope of a discipline.

But how can we work beyond the scope of a discipline? What philosophy underpins transdisciplinarity? And how do we enable transdisciplinarity in a Master’s timeline?

Details

Date:
October 17
Time:
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Organizer

ACDI

Venue

EGS Studio 5, UCT Upper Campus
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