Transdisciplinary Approach in Development Studies

ABSTRACT

This paper traces the origin, evolution, and the propositions made by the framers of the transdisciplinary (TD) concept. It reviews the body of work of the various applications of the TD approach in the human sciences as in the twinning of medical sciences and the social sciences; biodiversity; agriculture sciences and development; and agriculture, food, and nutrition. Another application of the TD approach is discussed in the context of innovation systems for development studies with focus on sustainable community development and food security. The experiences of the College of Public Affairs and Development (CPAf), University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) in formulating and applying the TD approach to development problems are highlighted. Recommendations are given on the integration of TD in curricular programs of CPAf.



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