The goal of the Knowledge Networks of Transdisciplinary Studies (KNOTS) project is to establish innovative teaching methodologies and establish a transdisciplinary knowledge network in Southeast Asia.


The KNOTS project will focus on contemporary development challenges in Southeast Asia, where transdisciplinary research methods could offer novel insights and innovative solutions. We will focus in particular on:

  • Environmental degradation;

  • Migration;

  • Social inequality.

The project will prepare curriculum and teaching/ learning materials on transdisciplinary methods to be integrated into each universities’ teaching programs. Three summer schools and fieldtrips will be organized in Vietnam and Thailand over the duration of the project to pilot and refine these materials. There will also be a Stakeholders Workshop in June 2017 and a final conference in 2019, to be hosted at Chulalongkorn University.

Example of Past Event:

Student Participant Blogs are featured below:

Individuals alone cannot solve societal problems. We have to work together, and we have to work in a transdisciplinary way to create usable knowledge.
— Asst. Prof. Dr. Carl Middleton

More Information:

Visit the project website hosted by the University of Vienna here

For more information contact the project leader, Dr. Naruemon Thabchumpon (, or the project coordinator Somruedee (


The three-year project was initiated in October 2016, and is a collaboration between seven universities in Europe, Thailand and Vietnam: the University of Vienna, Austria, which is also the project coordinator; Charles University, Czechia; University of Bonn, Germany; Chulalongkorn University and Chiang Mai University, Thailand; and Ho Chi Minh City Open University, Southern Institute of Social Sciences, and Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences, Vietnam.

The project is funded by the European Commission’s ERASMUS+ programme. At Chulalongkorn University, the MA in International Development Studies program is the project partner, alongside a network of academics and practitioners interested in teaching and practicing transdisciplinary research approaches.