Workshop on Evaluating Transseardisciplinary Rech

Date & Hours: Thursday, December 10, 2015, 13:00 – 17:00
Friday, December 11, 2015, 9:00 – 12:00
Venue: Seminar Room 1 & 2, RIHN ( → Access)
Organized: Future Earth Unit, Research Institute for Humanity and Nature
Contact: Kei Omotaka,Future Earth Unit, RIHN E-mail

The purpose of this workshop is to discuss and compare the transdisciplinary research evaluation among Asian countries. We will be inviting following researchers who is working on the evaluation of the TD research evaluation in China, Vietnam and Japan.

The interest in transdisciplinary research (TR) has grown considerably in the past decade and the emphasis that the new international initiative Future Earth is putting on co-design and co-production of research has further increased the attention given to transdisciplinarity. There are many characterizations of TR, but, for the purpose of this workshop, we will define it as research that aims to contribute to real-world problem solving and that combines different types of knowledge in partnering with societal stakeholders. TR can be viewed as belonging to a “family” of approaches that also includes participatory research, action research, and perhaps also participatory development planning. The TR process brings challenges of collaboration across disciplines and beyond the academic world and aims to contribute to outcomes in society. This interdisciplinary nature and societal outcome-orientation mean that evaluation of TR cannot be confined to criteria such as publication records. TR needs to come to grips with evaluating the quality of the research (-collaboration) process and the contributions to societal outcomes as well. In this workshop we will examine these issues through the presentation of a set of case studies of TR and reflections on evaluation processes, followed by structured discussion.

  1. Hein Mallee (RIHN):
  2. Workshop Opening

  3. Ailikun (Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences):
  4. Bridging the gaps between natural and social sciences in TR

  5. Peng Kui (Global Environmental Institute):
  6. Gaps between scientific research and community level adaptation

  7. Dorotea Rampisela (RIHN):
  8. Working with stakeholders in irrigation management in Sulawesi, Indonesia

  9. Jiang Ping (Tyndall Centre, Fudan University):
  10. Urban Development with Co-benefits Approach

  11. Pham Thi Huong Giang (Hanoi School of Public Health and Vietnam Public Health Association):
  12. An adaptation of Outcome Harvesting as a tool for evaluation: Experiences of the Ecohealth Field Building Leadership Initiative

  13. Endo Aiko (RIHN):
  14. Interdisciplinary methods in Water-Energy-Food Nexus Research

  15. Xu Fang (Institute of Policy and Management, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China):
  16. Reflections on using bibliometric tools to evaluate research with stakeholders.

The workshop will run over two half days (afternoon of December 10 and morning of December 11), with the option to extend into the second afternoon depending on progress of the discussions.