SLC.20.008 – Interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary attitude in research and training for smart and liveable cities

Route: Smart, liveable cities

Cluster question: 045 What are the implications and challenges associated with worldwide urbanisation?

Urban systems consist of multiple interrelated components that require continuous adjustment to policies and measures in the light of new events and knowledge. This can only be achieved with highly trained researchers and practitioners.

Our programme will create a graduate and training program to develop interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary attitude in research and training for solving complex problems in a dynamic, constantly changing urban environments. In this graduate and training program, research and courses will focus on the major challenges in the urbanized, globalized world, like migration, climate change and associated disasters, urban disaster governance, energy, transportation, , and inequality. Our ‘students’ will focus on the challenges by considering three main criteria of today’s urban environments, these are ‘dynamic and interactive conditions’, ‘involvement of multiple actors’ and ‘changing technologies and cultures’.
� Dynamic and interactive conditions: The outcome of actions, which are defined in the plan by regulations, could be different than anticipated due to the constantly changing environment. In such a situation, new decisions, which are not defined in the plan, have to be taken with limited knowledge of the current situation.
� Involvement of multiple actors: Organizations, institutions, people, activities are as many parts of a system as its physical artefacts and all of them are dynamic and interlinked in nature. The interdependencies bind individual and collective actions, as well as physical elements in cities.
� Changing technologies and cultures: Technology can either trigger the disturbance or become part of the solution itself. The question of how organizations and institutions could adapt to changes in technology is key to smart and liveable cities.


global challenges, interdisciplinary, smart cities, training, transdisciplinary, urban systems

Other organisations

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)


Organisation Universiteit Twente (UT)
Name Prof. dr. K. (Karin) Pfeffer