This site presents a primer for prospective grantees or new awardees that provides advice on Leading Large Transdisciplinary Projects Addressing Social-Ecological Systems. This primer is based upon a workshops hosted by experienced USDA NIFA grantees.
Leaders of such large, transdisciplinary SES projects must be prepared to face a number of unique challenges. These challenges include: 1) managing a large number of people and interactions to achieve numerous, interrelated objectives; and 2) simultaneously managing the changing dynamics of multiple types of collaborations – from disciplinary to transdisciplinary – throughout the project life cycle.
The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) hosted a workshop for experienced directors of large SES projects in June 2016. Participants, led by USDA-NIFA grantees Drs. Sanford Eigenbrode, Lois Wright-Morton, and Tim Martin, offer their approaches to these challenges in a primer for prospective grantees or new awardees. This primer, Leading Large Transdisciplinary Projects Addressing Social-Ecological Systems, addresses the routine activities, day-to-day decisions, and leadership responsibilities that confront directors of large SES projects. The advice contained within this primer is intended to help current and future directors successfully meet the challenges and cope with the intensity of effort required to keep large collaborative teams functioning smoothly and effectively.
View the primer insights from the authors (videos)
For additional information, check out the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Sustainable Agricultural Systems (SAS) program page.