KLI Colloquia are informal, public talks that are followed by extensive dissussions. Speakers are KLI fellows or visiting researchers who are interested in presenting their work to an interdisciplinary audience and discussing it in a wider research context. We offer three types of talks:

1. Current Research Talks. KLI fellows or visiting researchers present and discuss their most recent research with the KLI fellows and the Vienna scientific community.

2. Future Research Talks. Visiting researchers present and discuss future projects and ideas togehter with the KLI fellows and the Vienna scientific community.

3. Professional Developmental Talks. Experts about research grants and applications at the Austrian and European levels present career opportunities and strategies to late-PhD and post-doctoral researchers.

  • The presentation language is English.
  • If you are interested in presenting your current or future work at the KLI, please contact the Scientific Director or the Executive Manager.

Event Details

Alfred Rütten
KLI Colloquia
Structure, Collective Action, and Gestaltung: The Science and Art of Transdisciplinarity and Its Scientific Impact
Alfred RÜTTEN (FAU Erlangen–Nürnberg)
2023-11-30 15:00 - 2023-11-30 17:00
Organized by KLI
You are invited to a Zoom meeting. 
When: Nov 30, 2023 03:00 PM Vienna 
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Topic description / abstract:

From a public health perspective, and with a long-standing background in interactive knowledge-to-action research, I will first focus on the challenges of structural change and potential means of collective action to address them. I will introduce a model of the interplay between structure and agency as a theoretical frame of reference. I will then use a case study in health promotion to demonstrate how a transdisciplinary approach to co-production ("cooperative planning") can serve as a mechanism for structural change. The second part of the presentation deals with certain challenges of transdisciplinary research. In particular, the scientific impact of such research will be examined. As a first result of an international fellow group of tdAcademy on this issue, we propose to distinguish between an epistemic, an ethical and an organizational dimension of scientific impact. Focusing again on my case study, concrete examples of all three dimensions will be presented. I conclude with some preliminary thoughts on a possible fourth ("strategic") dimension.



Biographical note:

Alfred Rütten is Senior Professor at Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU), Germany. Previously, he served as head of the Division of Public Health and Physical Activity and as director of the first WHO Collaborating Centre on Physical Activity and Public Health in Europe. In 2013 he received an honorary doctorate from the Lithuanian Sports University. He led several cross-national research and development projects on behalf of the European Commission and WHO.  He also has been the coordinator of a BMBF-funded research network on capabilities for active lifestyle and interactive knowledge-to-action – Capital4Health.  Most recently he published on “researchers as policy entrepreneurs” and on “cooperative planning” and “structural change” in health promotion.