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Mapping Multi-Disciplinary Research - Workshop in Attractive built environment

Published: 19 November 2013

About twenty researchers representing different research areas have participated at the second workshop in Attractive built environment on Friday, November 15th. The aim of this workshop was to identify common research issues where different research skills can be combined in future trans-disciplinary research projects.

The main activity during the workshop was about Mapping Trans-disciplinary research within LTU.  In the workshop, Cognitive mapping methods as suggested by Kevin Lynch method that are widely used by the city planners and urban designers has been tailored as a mapping approach to find strengths and needs of researchers with skills that are aimed at urban development projects. The mapping part of the workshop was presented and supervised by Ram Pasupuleti, Senior Associate Lecturer in architecture.

Each researcher is provided with one A-1 sheet. By using a green pen, researchers have drawn or sketched images about their core research strengths based on his or her previous research experiences or ongoing research projects. They are requested to draw images without any limitations or constraints, write some keywords that describes their core research strengths. By using red pen, researchers have drawn or sketched images about what other kinds of research skills they would need in their future research activities that are aimed for developing Attractive Built Environments. All contributions are presented at an exhibition and the participants went around the displayed maps and tried to get some understanding of different strengths and needs and thus be able to identify and connect with the strengths of other researchers that can complement with their research needs. The pictures show the exhibition at the workshop.Groups with common interest were formed for discussion of common research issues.

The development of projects identified at the first workshop was discussed and funding of new projects, graduate courses and plan for further work were other subjects during the workshop.

Mingle Photos - "Mapping interdisciplinary research". Photo: Peter Olofsson / Text: Mia Tossavainen