Studying interdisciplinary collaboration within a transition research program

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentationAcademic


Sustainability science is an interdisciplinary field (Schoolman, Guest, Bush, & Bell, 2012). Accordingly, sustainability transition research is too. Interdisciplinarity is understood to support out-of-the-box thinking and thus facilitate scientific revolutions (Kuhn, 2012; Park, Leahey, & Funk, 2023). However, it remains challenging to implement interdisciplinary research projects (Fischer, Tobi, & Ronteltap, 2011). Project frameworks have been developed specifically for interdisciplinary settings (e.g., Tobi & Kampen, 2018). Such frameworks acknowledge the integration of different disciplines, though, they still follow traditional linear project management processes. Agile project management, which is more circular (Ciric et al., 2019), could support interdisciplinary research endeavors (Hidalgo, 2019). Agile project management is still new in academic research settings. In a three-year research program on the role of interdisciplinarity to facilitate sustainability transitions, I am investigating the success of providing space for interdisciplinary collaboration in an agile project setting. In this oral presentation, I will share my experience mid-way through the program and engage in a conversation about lessons learned thus far. I also want to share my experience about being part of the program and doing “undercover” research on the program researchers' experiences.
Period12 Jul 2023
Event titleTransformations Conference 2023: Transformative Partnerships
Event typeConference
LocationSydney, AustraliaShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • project management
  • agile
  • interdisciplinary research