What we do
Research, Teaching and Academic Citizenship
GCI research is at the cutting edge, and provides the competent credibility and credible competence for all our activities. This is what sets us apart from other boundary organisations and it allows us to act as a knowledge broker for primary scientific knowledge, at the beginning of the knowledge value chain, as opposed to relying on syntheses and summaries from other knowledge brokers.
We play a leading role among our academic peers in showing the need for inter- and transdisciplinary research approaches to respond to the sustainability challenge.
Interconnected themes, often referred to as ‘wicked challenges’, require modes of engagement, science, teaching and citizenship that move beyond Mode 1 knowledge production, that follows a more, traditional disciplinary approach (Gibbons et al., 1994 and Nowotny et al, 2001 ) to include a Mode 2 science approach. A Mode 2 approach takes more of a ‘problem solving approach’ and is focused on the context in which ‘wicked challenges‘ are embedded including the social, economic and physical landscape. Allied to such notions is transdisciplinarity, more commonly referred to as co-production (e.g. Klein, 2013 ), a cornerstone of the GCI. The emphasis is thus not only on excellent Mode 1 science, but also in ‘looking beyond’ the university to engaging with society to find solutions to pressing problems.