Collective Review: Transdisciplinary and Transformative Research: Living Labs in Practice

Andrea D. Bührmann, Yvonne Franke


Social laboratories for testing policy instruments in the public space have become increasingly popular over the last decade. In the volumes reviewed here, the authors evaluated a series of social laboratories initiated in Baden-Wurttemberg. Both volumes present in detail a variety of transdisciplinary and transformative research methods applicable in social laboratories (and more generally in transdisciplinary and transformative research projects). The authors sought to link methodological questions with broader theoretical concerns. The compilations are of interest for the qualitative research community since they present innovative participatory research methods, the vast majority of which are grounded in the qualitative research paradigm.


transdisciplinarity; transformative research; social labs; sustainability; living labs; knowledge fairs; real world experiments; transdisciplinary vision workshop; transformative/project-based learning


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