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Feedbacks as a bridging concept for advancing transdisciplinary sustainability research


Blythe, J and Nash, K and Yates, J and Cumming, G, Feedbacks as a bridging concept for advancing transdisciplinary sustainability research, Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 26-27 pp. 114-119. ISSN 1877-3435 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.cosust.2017.05.004


The emergence of transformation as a core component in sustainability science and practice has opened an exciting space for transdisciplinary research. Yet, the mainstreaming of transformation has also exposed epistemological rifts between diverse research perspectives, presenting significant challenges for transdisciplinary teams. Using coral reef social–ecological systems as an example, we explore how these points of tension may be addressed using a three stage process: Firstly, promoting epistemological transparency, where different kinds of knowledge framings are made explicit; secondly, employing feedbacks as a bridging concept to effectively engage with complex system dynamics from multiple perspectives; and finally, encouraging plurality, rather than the unification of epistemologies, to foster innovative, diverse, and sustainable pathways during this formative moment for global environmental sustainability.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:sustainability, transdisciplinary research, interdisciplinary research, feedbacks, marine parks, community based management
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Other environmental sciences
Research Field:Other environmental sciences not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Marine systems and management
Objective Field:Marine biodiversity
UTAS Author:Nash, K (Dr Kirsty Nash)
ID Code:120166
Year Published:2017
Web of Science® Times Cited:17
Deposited By:Ecology and Biodiversity
Deposited On:2017-08-12
Last Modified:2018-12-13

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