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 November 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.