A Research Agenda for Environmental Management
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A Research Agenda for Environmental Management

Edited by Kathleen E. Halvorsen, Chelsea Schelly, Robert M. Handler, Erin C. Pischke and Jessie L. Knowlton

The understanding of global environmental management problems is best achieved through transdisciplinary research lenses that combine scientific and other sector (industry, government, etc.) tools and perspectives. However, developing effective research teams that cross such boundaries is difficult. This book demonstrates the importance of transdisciplinarity, describes challenges to such teamwork, and provides solutions for overcoming these challenges. It includes case studies of transdisciplinary teamwork, showing how these solutions have helped groups to develop better understandings of environmental problems and potential responses.
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Chapter 8: Crossing boundaries: cross-national, transdisciplinary research and teamwork

Erin C. Pischke, Amarella Eastmond and Gabriela Alonso-Yanez

Abstract

Global change research necessitates awareness of the international context and existence of problems beyond isolated areas (e.g. single countries). Transdisciplinary multinational research tackles questions that are difficult (perhaps impossible) to pursue through independent, single-discipline research projects. It increases engagement and inclusive research practices and offers opportunities for designing innovative methods to collect and analyze data/evidence. In spite of the many challenges to conducting transdisciplinary research across multiple countries, the importance of the international collaboration component resides in the ability of such teams to pool diverse skills, knowledge and experiences which can increase the efficiency and accuracy of gathering, analyzing and communicating environmental data and knowledge from different countries. However, the scientific literature does not place emphasis on the rewards and difficulties that come with conducting such research. In this chapter, we outline why this type of research is important but also why it can be fraught with challenges.

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