The goal of the Knowledge Networks of Transdisciplinary Studies (KNOTS) project is to establish innovative teaching methodologies and establish a transdisciplinary knowledge network in Southeast Asia.
The KNOTS project will focus on contemporary development challenges in Southeast Asia, where transdisciplinary research methods could offer novel insights and innovative solutions. We will focus in particular on:
- Environmental degradation;
- Social inequality.
The project will prepare curriculum and teaching/ learning materials on transdisciplinary methods to be integrated into each universities’ teaching programs. Three summer schools and fieldtrips will be organized in Vietnam and Thailand over the duration of the project to pilot and refine these materials. There will also be a Stakeholders Workshop in June 2017 and a final conference in 2019, to be hosted at Chulalongkorn University.
Project Status: Ongoing
To learn more about the experiences and field visits during the 2017 Summer School in Vietnam, please visit the following blogs:
- KNOTS Summer School: The Benefits of Using Transdisciplinary Research for Impacting Policy Change (Robert Irven)
Where Ideas Innovate and Live (Huong Ngoc Nguyen)
Transdisciplinary Research at KNOTS Summer School, Tam Dao, Vietnam (Mukda Pratheepwatanawong)
The three-year project was initiated in October 2016, and is a collaboration between seven universities in Europe, Thailand and Vietnam: the University of Vienna, Austria, which is also the project coordinator; Charles University, Czechia; University of Bonn, Germany; Chulalongkorn University and Chiang Mai University, Thailand; and Ho Chi Minh City Open University, Southern Institute of Social Sciences, and Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences, Vietnam.
The project is funded by the European Commission’s ERASMUS+ programme. At Chulalongkorn University, the MA in International Development Studies program is the project partner, with which CSDS is collaborating alongside a network of academics and practitioners interested in teaching and practicing transdisciplinary research approaches.
Visit the project website hosted by the University of Vienna here.
For more information contact the project leader, Dr. Naruemon Thabchumpon (email@example.com), or the project coordinator Khemarin Pensaengon (firstname.lastname@example.org). Visit the MAIDS website here.