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


  • Andrea D. Bührmann Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
  • Yvonne Franke Georg-August-Universität Göttingen



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


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.


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Author Biographies

Andrea D. Bührmann, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen

Andrea Dorothea BÜHRMANN ist Professorin für die Soziologie der Diversität und Direktorin des Instituts für Diversitätsforschung an der Universität Göttingen. Arbeits- und Forschungsschwerpunkte: Soziologie der Diversität und Geschlechterverhältnisse, Arbeits- und Wirtschaftssoziologie, Methoden und Methodologie der (qualitativen) Sozialforschung, Soziologie des Wissens.

Yvonne Franke, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen

Yvonne FRANKE vertritt im Wintersemester 2020/2021 die Professur Soziologie der Diversität am Institut für Diversitätsforschung der Universität Göttingen. Arbeits- und Forschungsschwerpunkte: globale soziale Ungleichheitsforschung, globale Agro-Food-Systeme, qualitative Methoden der Sozialforschung, Transdisziplinarität.



How to Cite

Bührmann, A. D., & Franke, Y. (2020). Collective Review: Transdisciplinary and Transformative Research: Living Labs in Practice. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 21(3).



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