Stakeholders from different fields of practice should be integrated on an equal footing and right from the beginning to guarantee the joint specification and execution of a research agenda which is relevant for policy maker, social movements, NGOs, entrepreneurs, politicians and concerned people in general. Transdisciplinary methods like action research and forms of Theory-Practice-Dialogue should integrate tacit, experience-based knowledge as well as systematic and evidence-based research. Translation and bridge-building beyond academic boundaries should foster trans-urban learning and identify local power structures and the potential of groups and places to shape urban development.
Below you can download the brochure "Transdisciplinary Research in Social Polis". This text brings some arguments in favour of transdisciplinarity, discusses concrete practical issues, presents and analyzes how transdisciplinary methodology was employed in Social Polis. It attempts also to draw out some future perspectives for transdisciplinary research and to identify the challenges and the opportunities in the next few years.