Motivations to Participate in Transdisciplinary COVID-19 Projects

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Transdisciplinary projects claim to be driven by societal needs and hence it would be expected that motivations are driven by the societal and project beneficiaries. Projects conducted in respect of COVID-19 instinctively meet transdisciplinary status with societal benefit being paramount. This paper presents an analysis of six transdisciplinary COVID-19 projects, assessing the motivations of twenty-nine participants involved. Primary data was collated through semi-structured individual interviews and thematic analysis was used to evaluate the reasons for individual participation. The findings show that of the motivations for participation, ethical motivation was 16%, personal fulfilment was 21% and being able to help was 19%. The extrinsic motivations such as expected rewards and benefits was still present but remained very low at 6%. The qualitative responses from the interviews give an indication that although a societal challenge, the motivations remained more of a personal nature aligning with the societal need.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTransdisciplinarity and the Future of Engineering - Proceedings of the 29th International Society of Transdisciplinary Engineering (ISTE) Global Conference
EditorsBryan R. Moser, Bryan R. Moser, Pisut Koomsap, Josip Stjepandic
PublisherIOS Press BV
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781614994398
Publication statusPublished - 31 Oct 2022
Event29th ISTE International Conference on Transdisciplinary Engineering, TE 2022 - Cambridge, USA United States
Duration: 5 Jul 20228 Jul 2022

Publication series

NameAdvances in Transdisciplinary Engineering


Conference29th ISTE International Conference on Transdisciplinary Engineering, TE 2022
Country/TerritoryUSA United States


  • COVID-19
  • Motivations
  • Participation for societal benefit
  • Transdisciplinary engineering
  • Urgent societal problems

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Software
  • Algebra and Number Theory
  • Strategy and Management


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