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An increasing number of large multi-partner, geographically distributed, inter-disciplinary research consortia are being funded to address wicked problems at the interface between people and the environment, such as around climate change and sustainable development. Some argue that this collaborative research model holds the potential to yield unique insights that can be applied to multiple regions and reflect a more systemic and integrated understanding of the issues in question. However, working collaboratively across several time zones and local contexts, different institutional and personal capacities, across the practitioner-researcher divide and multiple disciplines, also entails large transaction costs and a challenging integration process. Needless to say, being involved in such endeavours offers countless opportunities for reflection and learning. This page focuses on the outcomes of some of the reflection processes ASSAR team members are involved in.

Large-scale transdisciplinary collaboration for adaptation research: challenges and insights

Large-scale transdisciplinary collaboration for adaptation research: challenges and insights

What have we learned from working collaboratively on the ASSAR project?

What have we learned from working collaboratively on the ASSAR project?

The ASSAR Spotlight on Learning

The ASSAR Spotlight on Learning

Reflections from ASSAR on undertaking collaborative research

Reflections from ASSAR on undertaking collaborative research

 

 

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