Case Study – Realizing transdisciplinarity
The Junior Research group combines theoretical and conceptual work on urban ecosystems and their functions with a transdisciplinary and fundamentally problem-orientated approach. This means that (problem) perceptions, feedback, practical experience, and knowledge from our local partner partners in the various parts of the society are included in all project phases.
We design and organize our transdisciplinary research as a joint learning process involving science and society. Hence, societal actors involved in the problems and solutions are involved in the research process as well and practical knowledge is reflected in the related scientific work in a reciprocal way. The aim is to deal with complex social-ecological problems in a way extends over the boundaries separating disciplines and scientific fields merging scientific knowledge and relevant practical knowledge.
In order to achieve a truly transdisciplinary research, we address the societal problem of the continuous degradation and contamination of urban rivers with a specific case study, the Pochote River (Nicaragua) and the river basin Quebrada Seca-Río Burío (Costa Rica), and well-defined and representative study sites– each having specific societal and ecological context – within the city.
At both the regional level – the larger River Basin – and the local level – the city and individual quarters of the city – we are pursuing sustainable solutions with our project partners and relevant social agents, reflecting the reciprocal relationship between science and society.