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Intrepid COST Action - Interdisciplinarity in research programming and funding cycles

Goal: Interdisciplinary research and collaboration are recognized as a precondition to solve the problems and Grand Societal Challenges confronting societies and the planet today. However, although interdisciplinarity is increasingly central to science and research agendas, and is recognised as a precondition for sustainability, its effective implementation in research projects remains an exception to the rule.

INTREPID is a 27 country network with the overall aim to better understand how to achieve more efficient and effective interdisciplinary research in Europe, in order to enhance our capacity to meet contemporary global (urban) challenges characterised by increasing complexity and uncertainty.

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About the book Enabling the City is a collaborative book that focuses on how interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary processes of knowledge production may contribute to urban transformation at a local level in the 21st Century. It is designed to respond to the growing appeal for transformative change, by exploring the often inconvenient and uncomfortable spaces of knowledge production and co-creation that can make such change happen. Combining global trends in theory with experience of local practice, Enabling the City strikes a balance between enthusiastic support for such transformational potential and a cautious note regarding the persistent challenges to the ethos as well as the practice of inter and transdisciplinarity. The rich stories reflect different research and local practice cultures, exploring issues such as wellbeing and ageing, community, health and dementia, public space, energy, mobility cultures, heritage, housing, re-use, and renewal, as well as more universal questions about urban sustainability and climate change, and perhaps most importantly, education and competences. Against this backdrop, aspirations for the 21st century are related to the international, national, and local agendas expressed in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and in the New Urban Agenda (NUA), raising fundamental questions of how to enable development. The reflexive approach that runs through the book aims to respond to international, national and local agendas, offering new forms of understanding collaborative process and ways of knowing that are essential in urban research and practice. Enabling the City translates the lessons learned from these studies into a comprehensive framework of four phases of inter- and transdisciplinarity, and four enabling conditions and qualities that are crucial to such collaborative processes, highlighting aspects of learning, competences and dispositions: knowing what phases are critical in any collaborative and participatory process and making an early effort to allocate human and financial resources as well as time to each phase; and valuing and enabling mutual and transformative learning, and the dispositions of trust and humility - will make a world of difference. Through these European, multi-scale accounts, this book will inspire scholars and practitioners alike to strive for transformative solutions for more sustainable urban futures. Open access content is available https://www.routledge.com/Enabling-the-City-Interdisciplinary-and-Transdisciplinary-Encounters-in/Fokdal-Bina-Chiles-Ojamae-Paadam/p/book/9780367277390#sup
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SPECIAL Issue:
Our special issue “Sustainability and the Role of Higher Education” in: Environment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development, Volume 62(4)
Kolmes, S. A. (2020) Editorial, Environment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development, 62, 2-3. https://doi.org/10.1080/00139157.2020.1768020
O'Riordan, T., Jacobs, G., Ramanathan, J. and Bina, O. (2020) Investigating the Future Role of Higher Education in Creating Sustainability Transitions, Development, Environment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development, 62, 4-15. DOI: 10.1080/00139157.2020.1764278
Bina, O. and Pereira, L. (2020) Transforming the role of universities: from being part of the problem to becoming part of the solution, Environment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development, 62, 16-29. doi.org/10.1080/00139157.2020.1764286
Woiwode, C. (2020) Inner Transformation for 21st-Century Futures: The Missing Dimension in Higher Education, Environment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development, 62, 30-38. 10.1080/00139157.2020.1764299
Bonini, P. (2020) When Tomorrow Comes: Technology and the Future of Sustainability Learning in Higher Education, Environment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development, 62, 39-48. DOI: 10.1080/00139157.2020.1764300
Funded by COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology for research and innovation networks, https://www.cost.eu). INTREPID’s objectives and challenges (2015–2019) can be viewed at http://intrepid-cost.ics.ulisboa.pt/about-intrepid.
 
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Towards the Future-of-U. The idea of hosting the 5th INTREPID Action Workshop in Gagliato, Calabria (Italy), between the 20th - 27th July 2017, raised during the London Workshop with the deliberate intention to embed one of the INTREPID research explorations within ongoing initiatives of some of the Universities involved in the INTREPID COST action: in particular a participatory design workshop on Creative Towns, coordinated by the University of Westminster, with the participation of Newcastle University. Other non-Cost members involved are: ILAUD, The International Laboratory of Architecture and Urban Design, the London School of Economics, the Universita’ degli Studi Mediterranea di Reggio Calabria, the Università della Calabria and a local NGO, the Academy of the Nano-science of Gagliato. The participatory workshop has been funded by the Academy of the Nano-science of Gagliato and it has been fruitfully coupled with an INTREPID Workshop. The main aim of the participatory design workshop was to explore alternative scenarios for the sustainable local development of Gagliato, a small town located in a relative marginal area of the South of Italy, engaging various local stakeholders in the scenario exercise.
Olivia Bina
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Dear friends and colleagues, We are pleased to share with you our lastest publication: Intrepid Knowledge: Interdisciplinary & Transdisciplinary Research and Collaboration - http://intrepid-cost.ics.ulisboa.pt/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/INTREPID_ebook.pdf A book that tells the story of INTREPID, and of the journey upon which we all embarked upon. In it, you will find a compendium of highlights from selected works carried out by our three working groups during the 4-year Intrepid journey, as well as reflections on the experience from the perspective of the participants, and finally - some ideas for an 'Intrepid future'. This is also -perhaps mainly- our way to say 'thank you' to the INTREPID community, its Management Committee members and Working Group teams, Training School participants, as well as invited speakers and international advisors, who have supported and inspired us over the years. Thank you all! Olivia, Marta & Marite
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Dear friends and colleagues,
We are pleased to share with you our lastest publication: Intrepid Knowledge: Interdisciplinary & Transdisciplinary Research and Collaboration -
A book that tells the story of INTREPID, and of the journey upon which we all embarked upon. In it, you will find a compendium of highlights from selected works carried out by our three working groups during the 4-year Intrepid journey, as well as reflections on the experience from the perspective of the participants, and finally - some ideas for an 'Intrepid future'. 
This is also -perhaps mainly- our way to say 'thank you' to the INTREPID community, its Management Committee members and Working Group teams, Training School participants, as well as invited speakers and international advisors, who have supported and inspired us over the years.
Thank you all!
Olivia, Marta & Marite
 
Maria Helena Guimarães
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We witness a persistent tension between established ways of knowledge production through disciplines, and the urgent need to widen and change, both the production of knowledge and its organization, not least, in order to be able to understand and address the future and its challenges. Witnessing a growing call for inter- and transdisciplinarity (ITD), we set our goal to learn more about scholars who engage in this kind of research by asking these questions: What characterizes inter- and transdisciplinary researchers (ITDRs)? To what extent do these characteristics help ITDRs deal with the challenges of an academic career path? We address both questions by comparing the findings from the relevant literature and semi-structured interviews with ITDRs at different stages in their careers. Our results bring the ITDR personality a step further in taking a form. ITDR personalities can be characterized by a particular mix of motivations, attitudes, skills, and behaviors. However, the academic environment and its career paths do not seem prepared and adapted for such ITDR personalities. Furthermore and in contrast to the literature, the T-shaped training (first, disciplinary depth and then, ITDR) is considered one possible career path, with the other one being a specialization in facilitating knowledge integration and in developing theories, methods, and tools for ITD. Our analysis concludes by exploring the future of ITD if formal training and learning would be available and if the contextual conditions would be more conducive to undertaking this type of research.
Roderick J. Lawrence
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This article considers conceptual frameworks and models applied in research about the multiple relations between human contact with natural environments (specifically green public spaces), diverse kinds of human activities and uses of those spaces, and effects on physical and mental health. Conceptual frameworks are tools for thinking about such complex subjects. Conceptual models represent the multiple relations between key factors and variables. These models can be used to represent the mutual interactions between the core components of environmental conditions of specific green public spaces, the main kinds of human activities in those settings, and various impacts on health. A literature search showed that the authors of various conceptual models used a metaphor of pathways to represent relations between explanatory variables by linear cause-effect relations. Mutual interaction between key variables and feedback loops between different components of the model are rarely included. Hence, it is argued that these models do not represent the complexity of real world situations. The authors propose a systemic conceptual framework founded on core principles of human ecology. The proposed conceptual framework and model have been formulated during and after an EU 7th Framework project about the ''Positive Health Effects of the Natural Outdoor Environment in Typical Populations in Different Regions of Europe."
This paper describes the development, conceptualization, and implementation of a transdisciplinary research pilot, the aim of which is to understand how human and planetary health could become a priority for those who control the urban development process. Key challenges include a significant dislocation between academia and the real world, alongside systemic failures in valuation and assessment mechanisms. The National Institutes of Health four‐phase model of transdisciplinary team‐based research is drawn on and adapted to reflect on what has worked well and what has not operationally. Results underscore the need for experienced academics open to new collaborations and ways of working; clarity of leadership without compromising exploration; clarification of the poorly understood “impacts interface” and navigation toward effective real world impact; acknowledgement of the additional time and resource required for transdisciplinary research and “nonacademic” researchers. Having practitioner‐researchers as part of the research leadership team requires rigourous reflective practice and effective management, but it can also ensure breadth in transdisciplinary outlook as well as constant course correction toward real‐world impact. It is important for the research community to understand better the opportunities and limitations provided by knowledge intermediaries in terms of function, specialism, and experience.
There are multiple consequences of urbanization and the development of cities including irreversible changes to ecosystems and diverse impacts on human health. The multiple consequences of urban development are difficult to understand owing to the complexity, diversity, and unpredictability of urbanization. The interrelations between human groups, their habitat and different kinds of global change to the biosphere and ecosystems are complex, emergent and systemic. This chapter argues that an interdisciplinary approach based on the generic principles of human ecology can improve our understanding of the consequences of large-scale urban development for health and well-being. This knowledge should be the foundation of urban planning and building construction. The advantage of applying principles of human ecology stem from its integrated conceptual framework of the multiple relations between human groups and all the components of their natural and built environments. This integrated, systemic framework can be applied to analyse the seven fundamental constituents of cities and urban development while addressing the challenge of urban health as a global phenomenon in the twenty-first century.
Maria Helena Guimarães
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A joint Mistra Urban Futures & Intrepid Cost Action initiative,
Facilitation is commonly interpreted according to procedures and practical attributes that are meant to enhance the realization of desired outcomes of events, educational programs, projects or other collective activities. Although it can be helpful to learn about facilitation in different professional domains these contributions commonly address subjects and purposes that are quite different from interdisciplinary (ID) and transdisciplinary (TD) teaching, research and practice. This workshop will address this gap in order to highlight how facilitators can enable participatory action research that is also transdisciplinary.
 
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Keynote ‘Universities: can we re-imagine ourselves’ addressed at the Mistra Urban Futures Annual International Conference, Cape Town (7 November 2018) Universities must ‘reframe’ goals and agendas
 
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Inter- and transdisciplinarity are increasingly relevant concepts and research practices within academia. Although there is a consensus about the need to apply these practices, there is no agreement over definitions. Building on the outcomes of the first year of the COST Action TD1408 “Interdisciplinarity in research programming and funding cycles” (INTREPID), this paper describes the similarities and differences between interpretations of inter- and transdisciplinarity. Drawing on literature review and empirical results from participatory workshops involving INTREPID Network members from 27 different countries, the paper shows that diverse definitions of inter-and transdisciplinarity coexist within scientific literature and are reproduced by researchers and practitioners within the network. The recognition of this diversity did not hinder the definition of basic requirements for inter- and transdisciplinarity. We present five basic units considered as building blocks for this type of research. These building blocks are: (1) creation of collective glossaries, (2) definition of boundary objects, (3) use of combined problem- and solution-oriented approaches, (4) inclusion of a facilitator of inter-and transdisciplinary research within the team and (5) promotion of reflexivity by accompanying research. These were considered five basic units for effective inter- and transdisciplinary research although the 4th building block was also considered as “matrix” that holds all the others together.
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This blog was originally posted on the Blogue ATS page of ICS-ULisboa:
Bina, O. (2018) As if U and sustainability mattered: U-you, U-niversity, U-theory, U-topia, Blogue ATS, 14 June:
 
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For a closer look:
Gagliato: A framework for future growth:
The future of university as if sustainability mattered: A co-creation experience through Theory U journey
 
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Using Ostrom’s social-ecological systems framework to set context for transdisciplinary research: A case study
Check out a short description at:
All comments are welcome!
 
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from David Simon and Sue Parnell (members of our International Advisory Board)
New open access book: Urban Planet, has now been published by Cambridge University Press is available for free electronic download from http://www.cambridge.org/9781107196933.
It includes several reflections on the types and ways of knowing needed to pursue urban research and urban policy making.
 
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Leslie Mabon just publish an article inspired by the theoretical base and analytical framework that he encountered during the 1st INTREPID Training School.
Thank you for the acknowledgement Leslie!
 
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INTREPID FUTURES INITIATIVES: The future of Academia and trans-disciplinary knowledge production in the urban field.
The Gagliato Workshop:
A one-week workshop in the Municipality of Gagliato, in Calabria (Italy), involving scholars and students from different disciplinary background (Architecture, Urban Planning/Design, Local Economic Development) in a co-production exercise with the local community. The workshop aimed at discussing and brainstorming on a variety of trans-disciplinary tools employed during the one week workshop in Gagliato: stakeholders engagement workshops (urban experts – citizens/business sector/policy makers); inter-transdisciplinary knowledge sharing (various disciplinary groups/citizens); open gates events (scientists and citizens).
The participatory design workshop of Gagliato addresses, in particular, one the two ways forward pointed out in the London Workshop (March 2017):
  • Offering a setting to explore an alternative ‘urban curriculum of the future’ in relationship to the idea of ‘openness’ and ‘connectedness’ with society;
  • Providing initial elements to rethink the possible ethos of the Future-of-U by reflecting on students and scholars experience during the co-production exercise.
 
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Our COST INTREPID project "Exploring stakeholders’ perspectives to improve transdisciplinary projects in urban development" has  published its first paper:
Tobias, S., Ströbele, M.F. & Buser, T. (2018): How transdisciplinary projects influence participants’ ways of thinking: a case study on future landscape development. Sustainability Science. direct link (open access):  http://rdcu.be/Fn7Y
 
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2nd Intrepid Training School – Barcelona, 9-13 April 2018
“The difficulties we have in meeting today’s global challenges, such as implementing the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) worldwide, are not caused by a knowledge gap. We have all the knowledge we need. The problem is a knowing-doing gap: a disconnect between our collective consciousness and our collective actions.  These gaps and divides are amplified by the silo structure of our key institutions and the mindset of the decision makers that operate inside them. “ Otto Shammer
This year Intrepid Training School programme centres on the question of how universities can be a positive force for transformation and change towards a more sustainable future.
The programme invites participants to explore the specific challenges of Inter and transdisciplinary knowledge and co-creation, and reflect on the skills and dispositions required by researchers and practitioners in order to cross boundaries, sectors and paradigms.
This experience of this exploration will be the starting point for a process of envisioning of a civic learning institution capable of enabling education, research and learning in permanent support of sustainable development.
 
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Are you interested in the Future of the Universities (FoU) with a particular focus on the role of interdisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity?
Is there any HEI (higher education instituion) embedding Interdisciplinarity and Transdiciplinarity (or planning to do so)  in their strategy to meet the challenge of  sustainability which you would like to visit  as a fellow (for at least a week)?
If YES INTREPID can support your fellowship mission (‘Short Term Scientific Missions’ STSMs) These fellowships aim to ENABLE CHANGE: To develop solutions that enable interdisciplinarity: beyond structural, institutional and cultural barriers (with a particular focus on urban-related practice.) (Challenge 3, see: http://www.intrepid-cost.eu/about-intrepid/)
The STSM should contribute to the scientific objectives of INTREPID, whilst at the same time allowing those partaking in the missions to learn new techniques, gain access to specific data, instruments and/or methods not available in their own institutions.
 
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Check out the blog entrance of Roderick Lawrence, a team member of Intrepid cost action:
 
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As part of its contribution to discuss the future of Universities and the role of knowledge in making “our common future”, INTREPID has organised four sessions and workshops at the:
International Transdisciplinarity Conference 2017 Transdisciplinary Research and Education — Intercultural Endeavours
September 11-15, 2017, Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany http://www.transdisciplinarity.ch/td-net/Konferenzen/ITD-2017.html
Our aim is to contribute to the exploration of five questions:
  • What purposes and goals will define Universities in the future? What future for the UN agenda on Education for Sustainable Development?
  • What will be the driving ethos of the future university: the character and values of its educational project?
  • What are the most likely drivers of change and related uncertainties? How will inter and transdisciplinarity shape universities?
  • How will Universities relate to, and engage with, the world around them (locally, regionally and globally)?
  • What obstacles and challenges are to be expected?
 
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Check out the new blog entrance from Lavínia Pereira and Olivia Bina about the future of Universities:
 
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Last year LERU published a position paper on interdisciplinarity. Now, the COST action INTREPID has issued a policy brief with recommendations on interdisciplinarity, social sciences and humanities, and responsible R&I in the context of H2020. It takes into account the LERU paper, which was presented at an INTREPID conference earlier this year.
 
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Have a lot as well to our working paper titled:
Interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research: Finding the common ground of multi-faceted concepts.
All comments are welcomed!
 
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Dear all
We are delighted to inform you that you can now find all IFOSS  keynote presentations and/or videos on our webpage
We also wanted to share with you the final version of the Ten Core Recommendations relating to interdisciplinarity, SSH and RRI in European research.
This is based on the input of keynote speakers of the plenary and Special Session on EU Funding, and on the results of the World Cafe'.  
Once again, we are very grateful to all speakers and participants for their contributions.
 
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The 1st Intrepid Policy Brief is know available!
Interdisciplinarity, the Social Sciences and the Humanities and Responsible Research and Innovation in EU Research
By Olivia Bina with contributions from: Marta Varanda, Carlo Sessa, Helena Guimarães and Doris Alexander
 
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Felicity Callard was a keynote speaker at our Lisbon Conference [http://www.intrepid-cost.eu/lisbon-conference/] in January, and she is now co-organising an exciting open panel on Experiments in Collaboration” for Science in Public, the 11th Annual Science in Public Conference, to be held in Sheffield, 10-12 July 2017.
All details about the conference, including instructions for submitting to this panel, are here: https://scienceinpublic.org/science-in-public-2017/.
This panel is convened as part of the interdisciplinary project “Wandering Minds: Interdisciplinary Experiments on Self-Generated Thought“, funded by the Volkswagen Foundation. https://www.dur.ac.uk/cmh/researchprojects/wanderingminds/
 
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4th Action Workshop - This London Workshop is meant to advance the agenda of “Universities and Knowledge for Sustainable Urban Futures: as if ID and TD mattered”, by helping us to define the scope of our contribution, and of the activities we might fund for 2017-2019.
 
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Check out the one-day seminar:
Transformative Knowledge for an era of Planetary Urbanization? Questioning the role of social sciences and humanities from an interdisciplinary perspective
 
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The outputs of Lisbon Conference Interdisciplinary Futures: *Open the Social Sciences…* 20 Years Later are already avalible in:
 
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We just finished the 1st Intrepid Trainning School in Barcelona on Inter and Transdisciplinary Urban Research (13-16 February 2017).
All documentation is available at the website: http://www.intrepid-cost.eu/training-school-barcelona/
 
Olivia Bina
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We are delighted to introduce the forthcoming International Conference on Interdisciplinary Futures: Open the Social Sciences 20 Years Later, 19-20 January 2017, Lisbon, Portugal http://www.intrepid-cost.eu/lisbon-conference/
The conference is open to all (no fees) but we ask you to please register here: https://goo.gl/forms/NAkvHOYdIIEnj8UV2
 
Maria Helena Guimarães
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Interdisciplinary research and collaboration are recognized as a precondition to solve the problems and Grand Societal Challenges confronting societies and the planet today. However, although interdisciplinarity is increasingly central to science and research agendas, and is recognised as a precondition for sustainability, its effective implementation in research projects remains an exception to the rule.
INTREPID is a 27 country network with the overall aim to better understand how to achieve more efficient and effective interdisciplinary research in Europe, in order to enhance our capacity to meet contemporary global (urban) challenges characterised by increasing complexity and uncertainty.