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Vision and Mission

Our Vision: The TdLab is a place where students, teachers, researchers and other societal actors collaboratively define and tackle complexities of a sustainable development that respects environmental limits and upholds social justice for present and future generations.

Our Mission: The Transdisciplinarity Lab (TdLab) of the Department of Environmental Systems Science conceptualises and tests educational and research approaches to tackle complexities of sustainable development.

We integrate knowledge and values from different scientific perspectives, as well as from other societal actors. Given this need, problem framing is an essential element and a key area of TdLab’s expertise and research.

TdLab enables students to experience and tackle real-world problems in the context of sustainable development through collaborative and reflective teaching. We give students freedom and responsibility to explore and experience interactive forms of doing research in a methodologically sound way.

The TdLab supports lecturers in interactive teaching formats that cross-disciplinary boundaries and beyond the university. We also support research projects by providing conceptual input, tools and critical reflection on how to run inter- and transdisciplinary collaboration.

Latest News


2017/06/12 – Report on the course "Environmental Problem Solving"

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2017/04/10 – Case Study Report on Seychelles News Agency's website

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Latest Publications

  • Adler, C., Hirsch Hadorn, G., Breu, T., Wiesmann, U., & Pohl, C. (2017). Conceptualizing the transfer of knowledge across cases in transdisciplinary research. Sustainability science, 1-12. doi: 10.1007/s11625-017-0444-2 (open access) (6.2017)
  • Díaz, P., Adler, C., & Patt, A. (2017). Do stakeholders’ perspectives on renewable energy infrastructure pose a risk to energy policy implementation? A case of a hydropower plant in Switzerland. Energy Policy, 108, 21-28. doi: 10.1016/j.enpol.2017.05.033 (6.2017)
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