Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Transdisciplinarity Within the North American Climate Change Mitigation Research Community, Specifically the Carbon Dioxide Capture, Transportation, Utilization and Storage Community
by Carpenter, Steven Michael, Ph.D., California Institute of Integral Studies, 2017, 478; 10276706
Abstract (Summary)

This research investigates the existence of and potential challenges to the development of a transdisciplinary approach to the climate change mitigation technology research focusing on carbon dioxide capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) in North America. The unprecedented challenge of global climate change is one that invites a transdisciplinary approach. The challenge of climate change mitigation requires an understanding of multiple disciplines, as well as the role that complexity, post-normal or post-modern science, and uncertainty play in combining these various disciplines.

This research followed the general discourse of transdisciplinarity as described by Klein (2014) and Augsburg (2016) which describe it as using transcendence, problem solving, and transgression to address wicked, complex societal problems, and as taught by California School of Transdisciplinarity, where the research focuses on sustainability in the age of post-normal science (Funtowicz & Ravetz, 1993).

Through the use of electronic surveys and semi-structured interviews, members of the North American climate change mitigation research community shared their views and understanding of transdisciplinarity (Kvale & Brinkmann, 2009). The data indicate that much of the research currently being conducted by members of the North American CCUS research community is in fact transdisciplinary. What is most intriguing is the manner in which researchers arrived at their current understanding of transdisciplinarity, which is in many cases without any foreknowledge or use of the term transdisciplinary.

The data reveals that in many cases the researchers now understand that this transdisciplinary approach is borne out of personal beliefs or emotion, social or societal aspects, their educational process, the way in which they communicate, and in most cases, the CCUS research itself, that require this transdisciplinary approach, but had never thought about giving it a name or understanding its origin or dimensions. Much of this new knowledge has come from the analysis and understanding of the Tier 1, Tier 2 and Emergent traits of the transdisciplinarian.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Combs, Allan L.
Commitee: Augsburg, Tanya, Greenberg, Sallie
School: California Institute of Integral Studies
Department: Transformative Leadership
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-B 78/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Climate Change, Public policy, Energy
Keywords: And storage (ccus), Anthropogenic climate change mitigation, Carbon dioxide capture, Postmodern science, Transdisciplinarity, Transdisciplinary, Transmodern renaissance individual, Utilization
Publication Number: 10276706
ISBN: 978-1-369-82242-7
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