Presentation

Louvain Open Partnership Research on Ecological and Social Transition

    LPTransition is a scientific research platform, both pluri-disciplinary and trans-sectorial. Its specific purpose is to explore paths towards ecological and social transition of our societies from a transdisciplinary perspective, that is, in close cooperation with social actors and stemming from the social innovations that these actors initiate.
    More information on transdisciplinary projects available at https://tdresearch.net

    In transition studies, there is an advanced generation of research programs focusing on transdisciplinarity, whose benefits have already been identified in Canada, Japan or the United States: formulating research questions in closer connection with the expectations of social actors; taking better account of the constraints inherent to contexts in which actors operate regarding the formulation of policy proposals; an improved capacity for research through knowledge co-construction with the social actors who develop improvements at their own level; and ensuring wider distribution of the results of research within the different sectors of society.

    In addition, LPTransition intends to develop a transdisciplinary perspective according to three levels of cooperation: 1º Framing of dissertations completed in partnership with social actors of the transition; 2º Collective programming of research co-led by a committee of the users of research; 3º Organizing activities for community service around days of transdisciplinary studies.

    LPTransition is therefore not a new thematic research entity, nor a new unifying institution. Its role is to provide existing entities, and researchers interested in these entities, with a platform of services, in order to stimulate cross-disciplinary research at the university and to promote the identification of potential synergies.