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Scanning challenges and solutions for ‘bridging scale(s)’ in interdisciplinary human-environment research

Dear Colleague,

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Research on and for the transformation towards sustainability requires interdisciplinary collaboration. When dealing with questions related to complex topics such as climate change impacts, global inequality, food insecurity and biodiversity loss, a wide range of methodological and theoretical perspectives are needed. Researchers working at different scales contribute different theories and methods, and generate diverse findings and insights. In order to fully address the complexity of the current sustainability challenges, there is a need to link and integrate knowledge produced at very different scales. Questions of ‘scale’ and ‘scaling’ therefore present substantial challenges for interdisciplinary research and require researchers to consider novel ways of ‘bridging scales’.


The aim of this survey is to identify the main challenges related to ‘bridging scales’ that researchers working in interdisciplinary human-environment research are facing, and to find the most suitable solutions and strategies for tackling those challenges. The survey contains 16 questions and will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. The results will be compiled and analysed to highlight research frontiers for bridging scales in interdisciplinary human-environment research. Subsequently, they will be combined with an expert elicitation workshop to prioritise solutions. The results will be used as the foundation for a scientific paper in a peer-reviewed journal.


To acknowledge your valuable contribution, you have the chance to participate in a lottery to win a newly published and interdisciplinary book on “Telecoupling. Exploring land-use change in a globalised world” edited by Cecilie Friis and Jonas Ø. Nielsen.


We highly appreciate your time and contribution.


With warm regards,

The THESys Postdoc and Young Researchers Network


Your responses will be treated confidentially, and will not be shared with anyone outside the study. Furthermore, your participation is voluntary and you may refuse to participate in certain questions or discontinue your participation at any time without consequence. If you have concerns or questions, please contact Dr. Cecilie Friis (IRI THESys, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, cecilie.friis@hu-berlin.de) or Dr. Matthias Baumann (Department of Geography, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, matthias.baumann@hu-berlin.de).
The survey is part of a collaborative research study led by the THESys Postdoc and Young Researchers’ Network based at the Integrative Research Institute for Transformation of Human-Environment Systems (IRI THESys) at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. For more information on the network, visit our website.