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Td Research Approach

Td Research Approach

This transdisciplinary PhD programme has emerged in response to the global challenge of sustainability and the need for knowledge of complex inter-related social-ecological systems. In order to understand and be able to respond to such a challenge, we need new ways of knowing and producing knowledge that will make it possible to develop an integrated understanding of such systems.

Consequently, this PhD programme invites research that fits within a framework organised around the following three dimensions:

  • Africa’s suite of sustainability challenges;
  • theories and methods related to complexity and transdisciplinarity; and
  • a selection of critical determinants of social-ecological system sustainability.

A brief description of each dimension follows (see also Figure:1 for a depiction of the research framework of the PhD programme).


Figure 1: Research framework for the transdisciplinary PhD programme 

Research Framework

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