Date & Time: 
Tuesday 21 February 2017

Why has transdisciplinarity, in its various forms, emerged as a different way of doing research? What makes it relevant, and arguably essential, for research and associated practice that contributes to social, economic and environmental sustainability?

Alongside these questions is another that is even more fundamental: What motivates an engagement with the world that crosses traditional academic and professional boundaries? Such engagement is certainly not easy to achieve. It can be complex to imagine, difficult to practice, intellectually and emotionally testing, and often risky. Yet many researchers are turning to a transdisciplinary research practice because of its potential to deliver transformative and ground-breaking responses to the challenges of our time.

The Global Change Institute is offering a unique training program to develop transdisciplinary research skills for UQ researchers.  The program will comprise of three key activities:

  • Workshop 1 – key concepts and useful methodology (21 February 2017)
  • On-line tasks related to developing a TD research proposal
  • Workshop 2 – presenting draft proposal, feedback, and more advanced case studies (mid-July 2017)

The training will be presented by Dr Dena Fam (UTS Institute for Sustainable Futures) and GCI’s Professor and Director of Food Systems Bill Bellotti

The workshops will be limited to about 30 participants, drawing from the last round of GCI Flagship applicants and the three GCI Food System pursuits. As numbers are limited, and to avoid disappointment, we would encourage you to register your interest early.

For more information or email Dr Grace Muriuki.


Dr Dena Fam, Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology SydneyDr Dena Fam

Dena is a Research Director and Chancellor's Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Institute for Sustainable Futures and Centre for Management and Organisational Studies. Her consulting and research experience has spanned socio-cultural (learning for sustainability), institutional (policy analysis) and technological aspects of water and sewage management. Dena has recently completed a PhD in sustainable futures looking at how to foster ‘Transitions toward sustainability through transdisciplinary inquiry and the process of individual, social and organisational learning’.

Over the past decade Dena have been involved in working with industry, government and community actors to collaboratively design, research and trial alternative sanitation systems with the view of sustainably managing sewage and reducing its environmental impact on the water cycle. The significant environmental impact of conventional approaches to sewage management in discharging micro pollutants and nutrients to water ways has fuelled her passion for researching more sustainable alternatives in collaboration with relevant actors managing, regulating and importantly using these systems in practice. Her area of interest and expertise therefore is in facilitating socio-technical change in sanitation through transdisciplinary collaboration inclusive of multiple disciplinary and lay perspectives and knowledges.

Professor Bill Bellotti, Director Food Systems Program, Global Change Institute, University of QueenslandProf. Bill Bellotti

Bill has more than 30 years' experience in leading agricultural production system research in southern Australia, western China, and eastern India.  His expertise includes agronomy, climate variability and change, farming systems and integrated approaches to food systems.

Professor Bellotti's research in China and India has focussed on sustainability and food security, and more recently on the linkages between diversification of cropping systems, dietary diversity and empowerment of women farmers.  His research interests include the application of Life Cycle Assessment approaches to Australian food systems.  This interest includes the development of concepts such as sustainable diets and food footprints.  At the Global Change Institute he looks forward to engaging the diversity of views and expertise across The University of Queensland and other stakeholders to promote more healthy, sustainable and equitable food systems.


An essential feature of the Transdisciplinary Research Skills series will be online collaboration using Google Docs. It’s envisaged workshop presenters will lead participants through the creation of several online documents. To facilitate maximum participation, it’s advisable to bring with you an Eduroam (UQ wireless) enabled laptop, and to have your own registered Google ID.  If you need advice about setting up your laptop for Eduroam, visit the ITS help page.


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  • Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, or Slides
  • A link or email attachment

Note: To edit Microsoft Office files with others, you'll need to convert them to Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides.


When you share a file with other people, you choose what they can do with the file. You can always change your mind or stop sharing completely. Choose if others:

  • Can edit: Others can make changes and share a file with others. The default for sharing with specific people.
  • Can comment: Others can view and comment on a file but not make changes. You cannot comment on a folder.
  • Can view: Others can open a file but not change it or comment. The default for link sharing.


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