Designing Inter- and Transdisciplinary Research on Mountains: What Place for the Unexpected?

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serval:BIB_9472B0BCC74A
Type
Article: article from journal or magazin.
Publication sub-type
Case report (case report): feedback on an observation with a short commentary.
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Title
Designing Inter- and Transdisciplinary Research on Mountains: What Place for the Unexpected?
Journal
Mountain Research and Development
Author(s)
Otero Iago, Darbellay Frédéric, Reynard Emmanuel, Hetényi György, Perga Marie-Elodie, Rüegg Janine, Prasicek Günther, Cracco Marina, Fontcuberta Amaranta, de Vaan Michiel, García Javier, Bussard Jonathan, Clivaz Christophe, Moos Christine, Guisan Antoine, Schaefli Bettina, Mapelli Nicola, de Bellefroid Benoit
ISSN
0276-4741
Publication state
Published
Issued date
19/03/2021
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Volume
40
Number
4
Language
english
Abstract
In recent decades, research on mountains has become more inter- and transdisciplinary, but a greater effort is needed if such research is to contribute to a societal transformation toward sustainability. Mountain research centers are a crucial actor in this endeavor. Yet, the literature has not paid sufficient attention to how these centers should (re-)design inter- and transdisciplinary research. In this study, we explored this question with a self-reflexive approach. We analyzed the first 15 months of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Mountain Research (CIRM) of the University of Lausanne (Switzerland) through qualitative data collected via interviews and observation. We used a simple model of inter- and transdisciplinarity at the organizational level of a research center. Special attention was devoted to the individual and collective ability to exploit the unexpected (serendipity). Our results indicate an interdependency between the coconstruction of research objects and the creation of integrative partnerships. They also shed light on the types of institutional resources and integrative methodologies that enhance inter- and transdisciplinary research, as well as their challenges. Our experience shows that implementing inter- and transdisciplinarity requires deep changes in research evaluation procedures, research funding policies, and researchers themselves. Serendipity is in turn shown to play an important role in inter- and transdisciplinarity due to its potential to change the research process in creative ways. We speculate that serendipity offers unique opportunities to capitalize on hidden resources that can catalyze a radical transformation of mountain researchers, research organizations, and society in the face of unprecedented global change.
Keywords
Interdisciplinarity, transdisciplinarity, mountain research, research center, transformation, sustainability, self-reflexivity, serendipity, CIRM.
Open Access
Yes
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