Learning to be a “Transdisciplinary” Sustainability Researcher: A Community of Practice Approach

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Willetts, J.R. & Mitchell, C.A. 2006, 'Learning to be a transdisciplinary researcher: a community of practice approach', 12th ANZSYS Conference, Sustaining Our Social and Natural Capital,, Katoomba, Australia, December 2006 in Proceedings of the 12th ANZSYS Conference, Sustaining Our Social and Natural Capital, ed Attwater R, ANZSYS, Sydney, Australia, pp. 1-8
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This paper utilises a ‘community of practice’ model to reflect on the post-graduate research program at the Institute for Sustainable Futures, UTS. Our work at the Institute involves resolution of complex problems in today’s society, a task which requires insights generated through multiple disciplines. Over the last five years we have conducted an evolving program of activities for our post-graduate students to equip them with the necessary skills for this challenge. This program has been transformational for both individuals and the group, which now operates as a cohesive, mutually learning team. In this paper we look to the ‘community of practice’ model as a critical lens to examine our program and assist in identifying new opportunities to improve our approach to transdisciplinary research training.
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