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Implementing conflict management systems in international and interdisciplinary research projects: The case of a Food Security Project in Tanzania

Katharina Löhr, Leibniz-Zentrum für Agrarlandschaftsforschung (ZALF) e. V., Müncheberg (Deutschland)

The scientific response to global challenges such as food security and climate change has been to shift from research projects with a narrow disciplinary focus on one or a few sectors to broader trans-disciplinary approaches. Such research settings are inherently complex and involve the potential for substantial conflict that can put the success of the entire research project at risk

The aim of this study was the design a conflict management system that helps to prevent conflicts among project members in such a project and provides support should conflict arise. A trans-interdisciplinary food security research project active in Tanzania (Trans-SEC) is used as the case study. Different qualitative and quantitative methods were used to enable the participation of project members in the design process of the conflict management system.

Information on the project, publications and a short movie can be found on: http://project2.zalf.de/trans-sec/public/cpm

In case of questions you can contact: katharina.loehr@zalf.de