TrUST - Transdisciplinarity for Urban Sustainability Transition - is a research project that aims at better understanding how to achieve more efficient and effective inter/trans-disciplinary research and education for urban sustainability transitions.


Contemporary urban challenges are characterised by increasing complexity and uncertainty. According to the objectives of its Strategic Plan, Politecnico di Torino, as well as many other universities, tried to take the opportunity to turn the interdisciplinary collaboration among different technological and scientific fields into something more systematic. The DIST and the many Interdepartmental Centers are examples of that, but still an effective collaboration and integration among people and disciplines is difficult to achieve.

Collaborative multi-stakeholder processes, especially when focused on wicked problems, face a number of key challenges. There is often contestation between different forms of knowledge, and thus different voices. This is often due to a lack of understanding, appreciation of and learning about the relevance and validity of different knowledge claims, approaches and definitions.

TrUST's objective is therefore to identify the synergies and differences in the current landscape of inter/trans-disciplinary (ITD) research and education strategies, methodologies and tools in academic urban labs framing the 17 SDGs. In the image below, this is how we intend to see the SGDs: