Transdisciplinary research and cultural changes

Sahama, Tony (2016) Transdisciplinary research and cultural changes. In 9th International Research Conference: Professional Integration for a Secure Nation, 8-9 September 2016, Colombo, Sri Lanka. (In Press)

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Historically, Sri Lanka is a country with a long history of cultural heritage and spiritual norms. Geographically, the country is an Island nation with 24 million people. Demographically, the population dynamics have changed in the last 35 years. These changes play a key role in the education sector, in particular in the higher education sector and industry sector. While these developments are significant for the country’s social, political and economical development, it is also important to realise the retrics and drivers of this sociotechnical endeavor.

Globally, the higher education sector in Sri Lanka is well recognised however, the research, development and commercialisation drivers are moving very slowly, which is a perturbing trend. A way forward to overcome this slow phase of the research and development would be to partner with local and international universities in order to share knowledge and skills. Culturally, the time taken for this effort is longer than anticipated. There are several factors contributing to this trend. While those factors are complex and complicated, identifying the culture that drives the research, development and commercialisation is a timely exercise.

A practical solution would be to improve these cultural inhibitors by recognising, acknowledging and awarding the cross-cultural awareness and transdisciplinary research activities. Scientific evidence warrants that the organisational culture, team competencies, transferability of the team outcomes and interprofessional education are part and parcel of the transdisciplinary research. Realisation of this transdisciplinary research culture is difficult, however the outcomes are feasible and economically sustainable. For a sustainable transdisciplinary research team formation, collaborative and meaningful interprofessional education is significant.

This presentation aims to discuss the importance of transdisciplinary research in Sri Lankan professional and academic contexts.

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