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Inter- and Transdisciplinary Collaboration in an International Research Project – The Case of the German-Ghanaian Project EnerSHelF (Energy-Self-Sufficiency for Health Facilities in Ghana)

  • Interdisciplinary research (IDR) is a widely applied research approach, combing the efforts of multiple academic disciplines to work on complex problems. Within transdisciplinary research (TDR), non-academic stakeholders participate in the project and offer hands-on experience to the research. These integrative approaches are praised for the ability for addressing ‘wicked problems’ and can lead to new perspectives on relevant contemporary challenges. This working paper is analysing the cooperation and exchange of involved disciplines in the German-Ghanaian interdisciplinary research project Energy-Self-Sufficiency for Health Facilities in Ghana (EnerSHelF). The results are presented in a Collaboration Frequency Network (CFN) as well as qualitatively examined to unravel the level of interaction and perspectives on chances and challenges of IDR and TDR. The analysis shows that disciplinary closeness, data collection and exchange, and individual effort are affecting the level of collaboration among other reasons. Concluding the authors develop recommendations for future IDR and TDR projects.

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Document Type:Working Paper
Author:Jonas Bauhof, Katja Bender, Stefanie Meilinger, Sarah Rabe
Number of pages:IV, 35
Publishing Institution:Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg
Contributing Corporation:International Centre for Sustainable Development
Date of first publication:2024/06/04
Series (Volume):IZNE Working Paper Series (Nr. 24/1)
Departments, institutes and facilities:Fachbereich Wirtschaftswissenschaften
Fachbereich Ingenieurwissenschaften und Kommunikation
Institut für Technik, Ressourcenschonung und Energieeffizienz (TREE)
Internationales Zentrum für Nachhaltige Entwicklung (IZNE)
Projects:CLIENT II - Verbundvorhaben EnerSHelf: Energieversorgung für Gesundheitseinrichtungen in Ghana; Teilvorhaben Entwicklung und Analyse technischer Lösungen im länderspezifischen politisch-ökonomischen Kontext (DE/BMBF/03SF0567A)
Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC):6 Technik, Medizin, angewandte Wissenschaften / 62 Ingenieurwissenschaften / 620 Ingenieurwissenschaften und zugeordnete Tätigkeiten
Series:IZNE Working Paper Series
Entry in this database:2024/06/04
Licence (Multiple languages):License LogoIn Copyright (Urheberrechtsschutz)