Transdisciplinarity for Sustainable Tourism Development in the Caucasus Region | CaucaSusT

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Project Coordinator: Andreas Muhar

Coordinating Institution: University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna

Partner Institutions: Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University (Joseph Salukvadze), IMC FH Krems (Christian Maurer), Armenian State Pedagogical University after Khachatur Abovyan (Ashot Khoetsyan)

Partner countries: Armenia, Georgia

Project Duration: 1st of July 2016 – 30th of June 2020


The role of science and research in addressing challenges in the field of sustainable development, and the link of academia to policy and practice needs to be strengthened in Armenia and Georgia. Progress in this respect highly depends on innovating university practices, including by introducing transdisciplinaryapproaches to teaching and research practices. The Academic partnership will enable the project partners to address real-life problems of sustainable development - focusing on tourism development - in cooperation with the local population and other stakeholders. On a wider scale beyond the target countries Armenia and Georgia, the academic partnership will strengthen cooperation on academic activities on tourism development in the whole Caucasus region, and facilitate better coordination, coherence and integration of research outcomes into public policy in this field, via cooperating with and supporting activities of the regional Scientific Network for the Caucasus Mountain Region (SNC-mt).

The overall project goal is contribution to capacity development for the universities in transdisciplinary teaching, specifically by:

  • Introducing a number of new approaches:

- Case study teaching format;

- Transdisciplinarity in teaching and interdepartmental cooperation

- Knowledge and experience exchange on promoting diversity and equal opportunities in the university policies and practice.

  • Supporting young scholars as well as university-practitioner cooperation in problem solving on economic development via sustainable tourism development and transdisciplinary approach.
  • Contribution of tourism content to building of the Caucasus scientific network.


Partnerships between Austria and the South Caucasus: featuring APPEAR and Erasmus+

There are many and various cooperations between Austrian higher education institutions (HEI) and partner institutions in Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan - this was clearly visible during this forum, which took place during the OeAD and Erasmus+ HEI conference 2018. (in German only)

Tamara Mitrofanenko, Lela Khartishvili and Tigran Keryan introduced CaucasusT in three separate presentations at the Forum Carpaticum, which took place in October 2018 in Eger, Hungary.

Gemeinsam forschen für einen nachhaltigen Tourismus

Project team member Maria Katelieva wrote an article about the project published in the 105/2018 in March 2018. View

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CaucauSusT to listen to | Part 3

Tamara Mitrofanenko was invited to Welt im Ohr to talk about partnerships at eye-level.

CaucaSusT PhD student participated in Winter School 2018 "Science meets Practice"

Tigran Keryan gained valuable knowledge in the framework of the TdLab winter school and will use it for the evaluation of the transdisciplinary case studies, which will be conducted in the context of the CaucaSusT project.

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CaucauSusT to listen to | Part 2

Two staff members from IMC FH Krems were invited to the radio broadcast Welt im Ohr to speak about the importance and a possible trigger effect of sustainable tourism development as well as about different organisational and socio-cultural aspects of the project.

CaucaSusT project featured in Weltnachrichten

The CaucaSusT project is covered in the current issue of Weltnachrichten, the journal of the Austrian Development Cooperation.

Article "Tourismusentwicklung auf hohem Niveau" in Weltnachrichten, 1/2017, page 17.

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CaucaSusT to listen to

Andreas Muhar and Tamara Mitrofanenko were invited to the radio programme "Welt im Ohr" to talk about questions concerning sustainability and whether it can be perceived as the solution to global challenges.