Founded in 1979, the Association for Integrative Studies is the professional association devoted to interdisciplinarity. Interdisciplinarity combines the insights of knowledge domains to produce a more comprehensive understanding of complex problems, issues, or questions ranging from comparison to fully realized integration. For its members and the higher education community in general, the Association:
Promotes the interchange of ideas among scholars, teachers, administrators, and the public regarding interdisciplinarity and integration;
Advances the exploration of key terms and seeks out new theoretical models essential to interdisciplinarity and integration;
Sustains the development of real-world applications of interdisciplinarity and integration;
Encourages high quality interdisciplinary curriculum development at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and more.
The Center for the Study of Interdisciplinarity seeks to generate a virtuous circle of interdisciplinarity by (1) providing resources and networking for researchers and students interested in interdisciplinary research and education; (2) promoting experiments in inter- and transdisciplinarity; (3) identifying institutional barriers to interdisciplinarity; (4) establishing indicators for the success or failure of interdisciplinary projects; and (5) developing a set of best practices for interdisciplinarity.
CSID conducts research into the theory and practice of inter- and transdisciplinary approaches to knowledge. Interdisciplinary centers focused on a particular theme or problem are common; CSID is the first center devoted to developing a philosophy of interdisciplinarity.
CSID research into interdisciplinarity is conducted via case studies, an approach we call 'field philosophy'.
Our work at the University of North Texas forms one set of case studies, which include:
The Future of the University lecture series
The Interdisciplinary Initiatives fund
The CSID Fellows Program
Graduate Fellows Program
The td-network launched in 2000 by the Swiss Academic Society for Environmental Research and Ecology (SAGUF) and taken over by the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT) in 2003. Since 2008 the td-net for transdisciplinary research has been a project of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences.
Transdisciplinarity implies that open access is granted to scientific information to the larger public. Often, however, it is also necessary to look into socially-relevant problems in an interdisciplinary manner and to develop effective strategies for politics, economy and society. For this purpose extensive space- and time-dependent processes of different scales need to be investigated (systems knowledge) and the related problems of controlling and the possibilities of forming and structuring (knowledge of transformation) have to be evaluated.
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