Transdisciplinary Research: A Social Work Perspective

Document Type : Primary Research paper


1 Vice-Principal & Dean of Research, Bishop Heber College, Trichy – 620017

2 Asst. Professor, P.G. & Research Department of Social Work, Sacred Heart College, Tirupattur – 635601


The aim of this article is to explore how to incorporate transdisciplinary research into social work in order to meet the evolving demands of social workresearchers and academicians. Trans-disciplinarity is a unique research style that incorporates and transcends many disciplinary boundaries to create a holistic approach as solving complex real-world problems requires bringing together insights from multiple disciplines (Pedersen, D. 2016). The presented model incorporates transdisciplinary research into the field of social work by taking conclusions from Kenneth Yongabi's (2015) ‘Transdisciplinary Approach for Intervention in Public-Health’. The model combines studies surrounding social work areas, as well ascrossing boundaries in the field of humanities, finance, economics, law and technology. As a result, the presented article on transdisciplinary research in social work will generate new insights by integrating different contexts and knowledge bases from research and other disciplines.