Four years into the project, roughly 30 country level food systems reports and about 18 deliverables later… And many of us will have had a question about mangoes at some point in time while at a conference or a local meeting. To clear the air and clarify what TRANSMANGO is all about; I’ll give a brief (as possible) overview of the project’s interdisciplinary, multi-layered and multi-sited work and some of the key deliverables and interesting reports produced throughout these years. Sad to say, this will not involve any mangoes… 🙂
As we set out on this ambitious project, our aims were to firstly, reformulate the debate on FNS. A second, more methodological objective, was to develop new ways of system modelling by combing quantitive and qualitative approaches. And lastly, through his new methodological approach we aimed to connect EU-level dynamics and local-level dynamics regarding food systems. The idea behind all these objectives was to connect the work on quantitative and indicator-based assessments of food systems to the vast empirical diversity regarding the securities, vulnerabilities and sovereignties around food, and as such build a comprehensive picture of EU food systems.
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Prof. Erik Mathijs, coordinator of TRANSMANGO, wrote about transdisciplinary research on the blog of KU Leuven: Multi-actor approaches and the necessity of giving space to do ‘boundary work’.
In today’s world, the wickedness, complexity and uncertainty of societal issues requires that traditional disciplinary approaches of science be complemented with what is often called transdisciplinary approaches. Transdisciplinarity first of all entails interdisciplinarity. Interdisciplinarity goes beyond multi-disciplinary approaches by designing integrated frameworks that cut across disciplines. Secondly, the ‘trans’ in transdisciplinarity refers to the active engagement and participation of stakeholders on equal par to the scientists. In Horizon 2020 it is called the multi-actor approach. However, as most scientists have disciplinary backgrounds and many may not be accustomed to giving so much power to stakeholders, any transdisciplinary endeavour is bound to be a learning experiment. In other words, doing transdisciplinary research requires that some boundary work be done, as the boundaries between science and non-science get blurred. However, much more is at stake than just creating common language.
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The TRANSMANGO consortium has been present at quite a number of conferences and debates in the last year. Amongst them the Metaforum with Olivier de Schutter, the ESEE 2015: Transformations conference, and The Agriculture in an Urbanizing Society conference.
Here we have presented posters and deliverables and hosted a TRANSMANGO session. Abstracts of the Agriculture in an Urbanizing Society Conference can be found here. The complete book of abstracts of the ESEE 2015 conference can be downloaded here.
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