Sustainicum Collection

Consus The aim of the project is to establish a regional science-society network for sustainability innovations in Albania and Kosovo in order to strengthen the connection and collaboration of institutions in the field of higher education, research and practice.

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  • 5 to 10 students
  • Up to 3 lecture units
  • Internet connection necessary
  • English

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Cross-Impact Analysis – a tool for inter- and transdisciplinary knowledge integration (Module 1)(Resource ID: 125)

Many decisions in the field of sustainable development have to be taken in the context of uncertain and incomplete knowledge. In this situation, a systematic integration of a range of research-informed judgments, expertise from different disciplines and experienced-based knowledge is often the best way forward. The scenario technique offers several tools to strengthen inter- and transdisciplinary knowledge integration and to deal with uncertainty. Two of these tools are presented in two modules. Each module consists of a theoretical introduction (25%) and an interactive part (75%). Participatory exercises serve to deepen the knowledge of the technique acquired and put it to practical use. Both modules can be implemented separately as well as consecutively (module 2 after module 1). 1. Cross-Impact Analysis (knowledge integration, understanding the complexity of a system and the options of action) 2. Scenario Development (knowledge integration, ranking, deriving simple scenarios)

The cross-impact analysis supports inter- and transdisciplinary dialogue processes on complex systems. It helps to integrate knowledge and expertise across disciplines. Moderations techniques help to identify the system’s driving forces that are integrated into the excel spreadsheet for the cross-impact analysis. The results of the expert-based assessment help to identify particularly active factors that are promising targets for purposeful intervention or factors that can better serve as indicators for the state of the system. The analysis helps to understand the complexity of the system and illustrates that the knowledge of different disciplines must be integrated to get a full picture of the system or problem.

Learning Outcomes
The students know how to apply a cross-impact analysis to integrate cross-disciplinary knowledge.
Relevance for Sustainability
Complex problems of sustainable development need the integration of inter- and trans-disciplinary knowledge and an understanding of system dynamics.
Related Teaching Resources
No specific previous knowledge / related resources required
Preparation Efforts
Funded by
Funded by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Research within the framework of the call "Projekt MINT-Massenfächer" (2011/12)

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Michael Braito
Marianne Penker


Michael Braito
This teaching resource is allocated to following University:
BOKU - University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna
Institute for Sustainable Economic Development


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Teaching Tools & Methods

  • Written material
  • Brain storming
  • Discussion / debate
  • Simulation