Conference Agenda

Overview and details of the sessions of this conference. Please select a date or location to show only sessions at that day or location. Please select a single session for detailed view (with abstracts and downloads if available).

 
Session Overview
Session
Towards the establishment of a new transdisciplinary area of scholarship in infrastructure and cities
Time:
Tuesday, 10/Sep/2019:
4:00pm - 6:00pm

Location: Europa
Conference Centre Wallenberg

Show help for 'Increase or decrease the abstract text size'
Presentations

Towards the establishment of a new transdisciplinary area of scholarship in infrastructure and cities

Joanne M Leach1, Chris D F Rogers1, Paul Jeffrey2, Colin Taylor3, Tom E Dolan4, Chris I Goodier5, Katherine Adams5

1University of Birmingham,; 2Cranfield University; 3University of Bristol; 4University College London; 5Loughborough University

“The term ‘interdisciplinarity’ is used to cover a diversity of practices. What is crucial for one kind of interdisciplinarity may be immaterial to another.” Bammer, G., 2015. Interdisciplinarity: Less vague please. Nature, Volume 526, p. 506.

Participants in this workshop will pressure test a new characterisation of transdisciplinarity that is positioned as the first step in developing a framework for fostering transdisciplinary approaches to the opportunities and challenges posed by infrastructure and cites. Transdisciplinarity produces new knowledge and innovations by integrating scientific and extra-scientific insights. It is well positioned to establish novel and new connections between the many and varied domains, disciplines, perspectives and practices that make up infrastructure and urban systems.

The proposed transdisciplinarity characterisation is applicable across practice and academia and is of interest to those advancing a paradigm shift in approaches to planning and managing infrastructure and cities: how they are conceived, funded, organised and executed. Transdisciplinarity has the potential to advance this paradigm shift, but transdisciplinary manifestations are heterogeneous and context dependent, making them difficult to apply. The characterisation identifies target areas for enabling, facilitating and embedding transdisciplinary thinking and practices; such as, problem framings, skill sets, methodological and communication ‘distances’, accountability, quality control, governance and processes. Workshop participants will grapple with how such ‘points of entry’ can be made operational.

Additionally, for sessions, workshops and training workshops

Duration:

90 minutes

Presentation:

A total of 20 minutes of presentation

See below for details

Overview:

The workshop will familiarise participants with a new characterisation of transdisciplinarity and will explore making it operational. The characterisation identifies ‘points of entry’ for enabling, facilitating and embedding transdisciplinary thinking and practices in approaches to planning and managing infrastructure and cities.

Agenda summary:

• Welcome and introductions (15 minutes)

• Overview of the transdisciplinarity characterisation + Q&A (30 minutes)

• Refining the characterisation (20 minutes)

• Understanding the potential value of the characterisation (15 minutes)

• Identifying next steps (10 minutes)

• Close

Interactive elements:

DURATION:

15 minutes

PURPOSE:

To welcome the participants and familiarise them with the purpose of the workshop

MECHANISMS:

(1) Facilitator’s welcome

(2) Ice breaker in which participants introduce themselves (name, organisation, why attending the conference, why attending this workshop)

OUTCOMES:

Participants feel relaxed, are aware of who is participating in the workshop and they understand what the workshop hopes to achieve.

DURATION:

30 minutes

PURPOSE:

To familiarise the participants with the transdisciplinarity characterisation

MECHANISMS:

(1) Presentation of the characterisation (20 minutes). Participants will be given a hard copy of the characterisation and invited to annotate it during the presentation (e.g., arising questions, comments, their initial reactions to it)

(2) Q&A (10 minutes)

OUTCOMES:

Participants are familiarised with the characterisation and have commented upon it. There is established a common understanding of the characterisation.

DURATION:

20 minutes

PURPOSE:

To refine the characterisation

MECHANISMS:

(1) Participants are encouraged to share their comments and build upon these through discussion

(2) The discussion will be used to shape the characterisation in real time (captured on flip charts / whiteboards)

OUTCOMES:

The characterisation is refined based upon participant comments and arising discussion

DURATION:

15 minutes

PURPOSE:

To reflect upon the value of the revised characterisation to the delegates and their organisations, and to identify other/complementary tools/techniques/methods. This is to include identification of what needs to change (e.g., within research institutions, funding institutions, engineering, urban design, planning, etc.).

MECHANISMS:

All to be captured on flip charts / whiteboards

(1) Focussed discussion to explore the value of the characterisation to the delegates and their respective organisations

(2) Focussed discussion to explore how the characterisation can be made operational in these domains

(3) Focussed discussion to identify other/complementary approaches

(4) Focussed discussion to identify what needs to change to advance a paradigm shift in approaches to planning and managing infrastructure and cities

OUTCOMES:

(1) Identification of the potential applicability of the characterisation within the various domains and organisations represented by the delegates and, if possible, beyond, including what needs to change to enable the desire paradigm shift.

(2) Identification of complementary mechanisms for transdisciplinarity

DURATION:

10 minutes

Leach-Towards the establishment of a new transdisciplinary area of scholarship-177.docx


 
Contact and Legal Notice · Contact Address:
Privacy Statement · Conference: ITD 2019
Conference Software - ConfTool Pro 2.6.128
© 2001 - 2019 by Dr. H. Weinreich, Hamburg, Germany