The Challenges of Conducting Transdisciplinary Engineering Research: A Case Study of the Made Smarter Innovation: Centre for People-Led Digitalisation

Susan Lattanzio, Yee Mey Goh, Robert Houghton, Linda Newnes

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Abstract

In order to meet growing complexity in societal and industrial requirements for engineering projects, there is a growing need for research projects that transcend traditional single discipline silos. Widespread experience and a growing academic literature suggest that there are inherent challenges in conducting transdisciplinary research together with further issues arising from institutional barriers, working across diverse teams, and an evolving industrial and funding environment. Failure to engage with these issues may be remiss in discouraging future projects or negatively impacting the success and influence of extant transdisciplinary engineering endeavours. Within this paper we present a case study of the Made Smarter Innovation: Centre for People-Led Digitalisation, a £5 million, engineering led, transdisciplinary research Centre. The approach of the Centre - governance, and research centre design - are presented and through a workshop, the Centre's Principal Investigators reflected upon common challenges and how management and design of the Centre might have mitigated these issues. Conclusions find that strategies employed in the design of the Centre have alleviated some common challenges to transdisciplinary research, however, integration of senior academics and the lack of broad organisational oversight within non-academic key contacts can be problematic. Future work will look to expand the study and incorporate the perspectives of researchers working within the Centre.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLeveraging Transdisciplinary Engineering in a Changing and Connected World - Proceedings of the 30th ISTE International Conference on Transdisciplinary Engineering
EditorsAdam Cooper, Pisut Koomsap, Josip Stjepandic
Place of PublicationNetherlands
PublisherIOS Press BV
Pages751-760
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781643684406
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 Nov 2023
Event30th ISTE International Conference on Transdisciplinary Engineering: Leveraging Transdisciplinary Engineering in a Changing and Connected World, TE 2023 - Hua Hin Cha Am, Thailand
Duration: 11 Jul 202314 Jul 2023

Publication series

NameAdvances in Transdisciplinary Engineering
Volume41
ISSN (Print)2352-751X
ISSN (Electronic)2352-7528

Conference

Conference30th ISTE International Conference on Transdisciplinary Engineering: Leveraging Transdisciplinary Engineering in a Changing and Connected World, TE 2023
Country/TerritoryThailand
CityHua Hin Cha Am
Period11/07/2314/07/23

Keywords

  • Transdisciplinary
  • Transdisciplinary Engineering
  • transdisciplinary research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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