FTDI is the first and only faculty of its kind in Australia, leading the creation of novel and innovative degrees and practices that bring together academics and students from across all disciplines in order to lead transdisciplinary education, research and practice. We do this by forging bold partnerships of mutual learning to address complex challenges in creative ways. Our purpose is to catalyse positive transformation by bringing diverse, disruptive perspectives to the world’s most pressing challenges.
In place of the limitations of artificial disciplinary boundaries, transdisciplinary practices create synergistic and innovative approaches to grappling with complex applied challenges. Students, researchers, practitioners, community members and other stakeholders combine their knowledge, tools, techniques, methods, theories, concepts, as well as cultural and personal perspectives.
By understanding problems holistically, the solutions that emerge are innovative and creative, as well as mutually beneficial. The difference between this approach and others is that transdisciplinary projects enable a far broader bandwidth with their ability to combine a rare number of insights and possibilities - accessing diverse perspectives from a variety of disciplines, industries and fields - well beyond the scope and reach of more linear approaches.
FTDi is uniquely positioned to blend a mix of expertise within the faculty and across UTS with our research themes reflecting on our priorities and aspirations to holistically address societal complexities via impactful and excellent holistic research.
FTDi holds an established track record at the leading edge of education and research, working with stakeholders as co-creators and partners to tap into creative responses to complex social challenges. In addition, we have extensive expertise in the designing and facilitation of context specific and adaptive workshops with distinctive tools and methods. We work in agile ways to draw upon diverse groups of people that span rural or regional communities, differences in socio economic and cultural background, education and employment.
Feel free to reach out to us at FTDi-Research-Office@uts.edu.au to understand more about how our innovative transdisciplinary research can work for you.
FTDi takes a future-focused approach to complex challenges around work, health and sustainability. How will jobs look like in the future and how can we best address disruptive change to ensure good health for humanity and the planet?
Technology and humanity
Emerging technologies can enhance and disrupt the way we live our lives and redefine what it means to be human. How do we best ensure that technological change occurs responsibly and provides us with the tools we need to build an equitable society?
This theme focuses on experiential and creative mutual learning to address complex issues faced by society. How can we deliver new experiences and dynamic modes of thinking that engage multiple stakeholders across all stages of their lives and careers?
Innovation can lead to both transformational benefits and disruptive schisms in society. In a world with such diverse political and ethical perspectives, how can we help our societies to remain cohesive and resilient in times of transformative change?