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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - IRI THESys

Citizens' projects: the necessity of transdisciplinarity

The transformation to more sustainability can only be successful when we all become consciously-active agents of change. For this reason, IRI THESys seeks to forge links between science and citizenship.

Answers to difficult research questions require a different kind of science: a science that is part of society and that can shoulder responsibility.

Transformation and sustainability research that’s dedicated to social change and praxis-oriented must determine the relationship between science and society in a fundamentally new way. The participation and cooperation of and with citizens is necessary in order to identify societal problems and their solutions in a collaborative way.

Participatory research approaches use citizens as on-site experts, take the worth of their local knowledge, which is also based on day-to-day experiences, seriously, and give them an active role in both the research process and knowledge production. This approach accounts for the fact that expertise is divided among many social actors and actor groups, and that the various agents of change can and should become active together. These ideas are based on antiauthoritarian scientific concepts, which, instead of an invisible audience without a voice or the ability to answer, seek and recognize a dialogic conversation partner on equal footing and with equal rights.

The transformation to more sustainability can only be successful when we all become consciously-active agents of change. For this reason, IRI THESys seeks to forge links between science and citizenship.

 

 
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