Utilizing digital means in transdisciplinary learning to foster sustainability transformations
Given the complexity of fundamental sustainability challenges humanity is facing in the 21st century, such as climate change, bio-diversity loss or global injustices, transdisciplinary collaborations in research and teaching have gained increasing attention. In this presentation I will first outline why and how transdisciplinary learning on an individual, organizational as well as societal level has the potential to contribute fostering needed sustainability transformations. Second, I will introduce two concrete examples how digital means can be utilized to enable and facilitate such learning processes. Finally, I will conclude with some reflections on limitations of digital collaboration in transdisciplinary settings as well as potential further developments in this area.
Daniel J. Lang
Leuphana University, Lueneburg (DE)
Daniel J. Lang is Full Professor for Transdisciplinary Sustainability Research at Leuphana University of Lueneburg at the Faculty of Sustainability. He was Dean of this faculty between 2012 and 2016. Since 2016 he is the President’s Special Advisor for Sustainability at Leuphana. Furthermore, he is an adjunct faculty member at the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University and Honorary Professor at the Universiti Sains Malaysia. The main focus of Daniel’s work revolves around the further development of conceptual, methodological, and process-related foundations of Sustainability Science. In particular, his professorship focuses on cooperation and mutual learning processes between different scientific disciplines as well as between science and society—with the aim to develop robust solution options for urgent sustainability challenges of the 21st century.