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Mey Goh and Salma Ghulma, Chris Moore, Cecilia Landa-Avila, Gyuchan Jun, Antuela Tako, Patrick Waterson, Ian Hodgkinson and Siyuan Ji, Simon Downs, Tincuta Heinzel, Hazel Ingham, Ana Andrade, Chris Elliott and Meaghan O’Neil

Loughborough University research briefs that gather a set of papers for a panel-style session. An instigator starts the conversation after the authors deliver a short presentation to set the context.

The authors discuss how moving from silo-disciplinary work into a transdisciplinary ecosystem can springboard radical transformation to cope with complex societal challenges. Their work emphasises how systemic design supports a plural and critical epistemology to bring together different communities, ways of knowing, worldviews, and methodologies; however, they also illustrate that tensions and conflicts between perspectives still slow the progress for a genuine collaboration ecosystem that reconciles differences and integrates discourses and approaches for knowledge mobilisation, and systems change.

Authors reference their papers together with their experience with complex projects involving multiple stakeholders, experimental methodologies, and a revival of disciplines (e.g., graphics and human factors) to overcome barriers and strengthen effective collaborations. They also highlight the need for transdisciplinary approaches, leveraging data and diverse expertise to create targeted responses and urgent initiatives.

Instigators: Mey Goh and Salma Ghulma

#12. Chris Moore
Seeing The Wood And The Trees: Exploring methodologies for extending a new “designerly way of knowing”

#120 Cecilia Landa-Avila, Gyuchan Jun, Antuela Tako, Patrick Waterson, Ian Hodgkinson and Siyuan Ji
Synergies between Sciences: Towards a systems-oriented inter/transdisciplinary model

#143  Simon Downs
Emergent Graphics

#198 Tincuta Heinzel
Materials as Systems: The case of advanced textiles as key actors in a systemic change

#213  Hazel Ingham, Ana Andrade, Chris Elliott and Meaghan O’Neil
Safer Governance of Complex Systems


How can we foster and sustain (un)conventional collaboration across disciplines and actors? How can we transcend and enrich disciplines without replacing them?

How can we develop collective sense-making, collective decision-making and collective change-making?

How do metaphorical understanding can shaping meaningful conversations and systemic interventions?

Abstracts & Papers

The RSD12 Symposium Book of Abstracts has post-review versions of accepted papers. Pre-release copies of articles are available online via the RSD12-PAPERS production folder. Use the paper numbers as a reference.

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Citation Data

Author(s): Simon Downs, Chris Moore, Tincuta Heinzel, Chris Elliott, and Siyuan Ji Marcia Tavares Smith, Stefania Sansoni, and Antuela Tako | Saydia Wesley, Haotian Yi, Haiou Zhu, Juan, and Ignacio De La Torre | Sue Lattanzio, Joanne Berry-Frith, Cecilia Landa-Avila, Mersha Aftab, and Holly Turpin
Year: 2023
Title: Briefs: Synergies & Transdisciplinary
Published in: Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design
Volume: RSD12
Article No.: pre-release
Host: Georgetown University
Location: Washington DC, USA
Symposium Dates: October 6–20, 2023
First published: 7 December 2023
Last update: no update
Publisher Identification: ISSN 2371-8404