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One of the key components of DesignLab's characteristic approach is our belief in the power of working in a transdisciplinary way. This shapes how we collaborate, how we do research, how we design education and how we attain our results. Working in teams where a diversity of disciplines and backgrounds can merge makes it possible to combine existing knowledge and experience in order to generate new knowledge.
Transdisciplinarity is seen as the apotheosis of cooperation, transcending multidisciplinarity - a term many might be familiar with. According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development(2020) transdisciplinary research can even address complex issues that were, until now,beyond the reach of science. “In drawing on the breadth of science and non-scientific knowledge domains, such as local and traditional knowledge, and cultural norms and values, it aims to supplement and transform scientific insights for the good of society."
As a forward looking centre of education and research, embracing both technical and social sciences,the University of Twente provides the perfect environment to apply transdisciplinary methods. And DesignLab serves as the propellor for this, with transdisciplinary working as one of our three focus areas. We do this through both our research and education:
Key to transdisciplinary research is to involve the full spectrum of stakeholders impacted by the societal challenge. DesignLab is partner and host to many cross-faculty research projects, with a wide variety of partners. A selection:
Working in a transdisciplinary way is intertwined with the other two focus areas of DesignLab: Citizen Science and Responsible Design.