ABOUT THIS BOOK
- Offers a guide to transdiciplinary research methods for researchers in public health
- Incorporates theory and case examples
- Includes an overview of training programs in the U.S. and Canada
Converging Disciplines: A Transdisciplinary Research Approach to Urban Health Problems
Maritt Kirst, Nicole Schaefer-McDaniel, Stephen Hwang, and Patricia O’Campo
Centre for Research on Inner City Health, Toronto, Canada
As urban populations grow, new health problems evolve in tandem with longstanding issues. And as a welter of social, environmental, and access factors further complicate the picture, workable solutions require increasingly sophisticated understanding and innovative methods—generally beyond the scope of one professional field. Converging Disciplines introduces the concept of transdisciplinary research as a multidimensional, research-to-practice approach to urban health issues, not only bringing researchers together but also linking stakeholders, from practitioners to policymakers to community members. This immediately accessible volume differentiates transdisciplinary research from multi- and interdisciplinary strategies, as well as from popular community-based models, and brings a uniquely North American set of perspectives to the concept. Chapter authors explore the theory behind the methods as well as their application in meeting chronic problems (e.g., domestic violence, substance abuse) and working with vulnerable populations (e.g., homeless individuals, refugees) in ways that are ecologically based, ethically sound, and eminently practical. Key areas of coverage:
- Benefits and challenges of transdisciplinary research in the urban health setting.
- Transdisciplinary research process, including methodologies, collaboration, and information sharing.
- Detailed case examples of transdisciplinary research used in addressing health issues among marginalized urban populations.
- An overview of training programs in the U.S. and Canada.
- The view from funding agencies.
- Preparing the university, researchers, and the job market for a transdisciplinary future.
Researchers and graduate students in urban and public health will find inspiring reading in Converging Disciplines: a bold framework for transforming their fields, and the tools for meeting the new generation of urban health challenges.
Content Level » Research
Keywords » research design - research methods - transdisciplinarity
Related subjects » Medicine
AUTHORS & EDITORS
Maritt Kirst is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Centre for Research on Inner City Health, St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, Canada.
Nicole Schaefer-McDaniel is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Centre for Research on Inner City Health, St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, Canada.
Stephen Hwang is a Research Scientist at the Centre for Research on Inner City Health, St. Michael's Hospital, an Associate Professor in the Departments of Medicine, Public Health Sciences, and Health Policy, at the University of Toronto and Director of the Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of Toronto, Canada.
Patricia O’Campo is Alma and Baxter Ricard Chair in Inner City Health and Director of the Centre for Research on Inner City Health at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto. She is also Professor of Public Health Sciences at the University of Toronto and Adjunct Professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.