Oskar Marg

Oskar Marg
Institute for Social-Ecological Research | ISOE · Transdisciplinary Methods and Concepts

PhD

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Nomadic pastoralism is of vital importance for grasslands worldwide. As one of the largest, widely intact, temperate grasslands in the world, the eastern Mongolian steppe looks back on a millennia-old tradition of nomadic pastoralism. Thus, this type of use of the ecosystem plays an important role in providing and maintaining ecosystem functions, e...
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Since the emergence of transdisciplinary research, context dependencies, innovative formats and methods, societal effects, and scientific effects are key aspects that have been discussed at length. However, what is still missing is an integrative perspective on these four aspects, and the guidance on how to apply such an integrative perspective in...
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Gesamtgesellschaftliche Veränderungsprozesse wie die Energiewende rufen nach der Einbindung möglichst vieler unterschiedlicher gesellschaftlicher Akteure im ganzen Land. Inter- und transdisziplinäre Großprojekte zur Erforschung und Unterstützung einer derart weit gefassten Aufgabe stoßen dabei an ihre Grenzen, wie die Erfahrung des Kopernikus-Proje...
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The transdisciplinary research mode has gained prominence in the research on and for sustainability transformations. Yet, solution-oriented research addressing complex sustainability problems has become complex itself, with new transdisciplinary research formats being developed and tested for this purpose. Application of new formats offers learning...
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This chapter is concerned with the research project Energy Transition Navigation System, which has the mandate to help mastering Germany’s Energiewende (energy transition). The project is part of the national funding program Kopernikus Projects for the Energy Transition, which is a comprehensive research and development initiative for transforming...
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Transdisciplinary research (TDR) seeks to address real-world problems and aims to be socially transformative. This normative objective extends beyond particular TDR projects, as real-world problems are embedded in concrete contexts but, at the same time, are also related to wider societal challenges that are not restricted to one context. Therefore...
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Transdisciplinary sustainability research aims to mitigate or to solve complex societal problems and advance the production of scientific knowledge. Reflexive approaches to transdisciplinary research processes are outlined to systematically strengthen the potential for societal effectiveness. So far, it is rare to find empirically based analyses of...
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Reaktion auf fünf Beiträge in GAIA zur Theorie transdisziplinärer Forschung
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Urban areas provide space and place for experimentation with sustain ability transitions in real-world laboratories. Members of the existing urban laboratories in Baden-Württemberg and experts have discussed the challenges of these innovative research settings, as well as possible solutions.

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tdAcademy picks up on the need to expand and deepen the knowledge base for effective td research and reacts to the need from the td research community to reflect, consolidate and advance the td research practice and its unique features. We will consolidate the newest insights concerning the four issues societal impact, scientific impact, context dependencies, and new formats of td research. Then we want to discuss our insights with experts in the field from science, society, and research funding agencies. In addition, we seek to bring together capacity-building opportunities from leading td research institutes and develop new ones to support td researchers, especially early-career researchers. https://www.td-academy.org/en/home/
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So far, there are hardly any generally accepted quality standards for successful transdisciplinary research. At the same time research programs are increasingly requiring transdisciplinary research approaches. The TransImpact project analyses how and with what kind of methods transdisciplinary research can achieve the desired societal and scientific impacts. Picking up societal problems, the participation of practice actors, the integration of heterogeneous knowledge bases and the generalization of individual cases are central features of transdisciplinary research. Within TransImpact the exchange with researchers, practice actors and funding institutions will focus on these four points. By systematically assessing completed research projects and channelling the results back to the practice actors and other experts four goals are to be achieved: (1) The strengthening of scientific bases: integrative concepts, methods, quality criteria are being identified. (2) The strengthening of the scientific community: by sharing challenges and quality standards of transdisciplinary research the community building is encouraged. (3) The strengthening of multipliers for transdisciplinary work: contributing to the establishment of a recognized canon for disciplinary research. (4) The consolidation of the knowledge basis: the establishment of the online hub transdisciplinarity as a virtual forum where findings and experiences of TransImpact will be made available and can be interactively developed. The online hub will serve as a pre-study for a Virtual Academy for Transdisciplinary Studies. Background So far, there are only few studies dealing with the links between the mode of research, its methodological characteristics and the societal and scientific effects. The importance of this step becomes evident as besides the funding scheme Social-Ecological Research (SOEF) of the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) – a programme that has been transdisciplinarily orientated since its implementation – the requirement for inter- and transdisciplinary research designs have also become part of other research programs and agenda processes. The civic platforms Forschungswende in Germany and Future Earth internationally are two of those examples even if they are very differently orientated. In the current practice, the understanding of transdisciplinarity is getting more and more differentiated so terms and concepts apparently need to be clarified. There is also an increasing demand for orientation with regard to methods and quality standards. The studies done so far will be taken into consideration by the current research project TransImpact. It is the aim of TransImpact to define the potential of positive effects triggered by transdisciplinary research within the specific societal field of action. The continuing exchange of information with actors from transdisciplinary research on these potentials and the underlying quality standards are part of TransImpact.
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The accompanying research project was supporting fourteen Real-World Laboratories, funded by the Ministry of Science and Culture Baden-Wuerttemberg. It was carried out in collaboration between Leuphana University Lüneburg, the Institute for Social-Ecological Research and the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy. Objectives: 1) To support and interconnect the Real-World Laboratories with regard to facilitating the implementation process, developing transferable insights and embedding the Labs into national and international networks. 2) Gaining insights on Real-World Laboratory processes, in particular with regard to applied methods, quality features and transdisciplinary knowledge integration.