Global Alliance for
Inter- and Transdisciplinarity

The purpose of the Global Alliance for Inter- and Transdisciplinarity (ITD Alliance) is to strengthen and to promote the global capacity and the calibre of collaborative modes of boundary-crossing research and practice.

Our Mission

The ITD Alliance exists to serve a diverse, distributed network of institutions and individuals cutting across disciplinary, institutional, cultural, sectorial, and geographical boundaries. The shared goal of Alliance members is to address complex problems and societal needs common to inter- and transdisciplinary communities around the world. We contribute to theory and practice by providing specialized knowledge, tools, and techniques that support, guide, and drive global cross-disciplinary and cross-sector collaborations. We adopt a context-driven approach, while acknowledging a plurality of paradigms, experiences, ways of knowing, acting and being, values and methods. By focusing on boundary-crossing and boundary-spanning research, the ITD Alliance aims to advance capacity for collaborative research, interrelate or integrate diverse perspectives, and foster innovation, while building an international community to address significant societal needs.


The ITD-Alliance is organised as an association (Verein), according to Swiss law. Its main governance entities are:

Members (composed of institutions and individuals)

General Assembly (composed of all members)

Leadership Board (decision-making body, elected by the General Assembly)

President (decision-making body, elected by the General Assembly)

Executive Committee (an Executive Secretary, a Treasurer, and 1-2 additional members of the Leadership Board)


Download the bylaws of the ITD Alliance

Leadership Board

In alphabetical order as of November 2023

Board members representing an institution:

Alexandra Lux – ISOE – Institute for Social-Ecological Research, Germany LinkLanguages spoken: German, English
Basirat Oyalowo – Centre for Housing and Sustainable Development, University of Lagos, Nigeria LinkLanguages spoken: English
Jason Prior – Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney, Australia LinkLanguages spoken: English, French
Mª Helena Guimarães – Mediterranean Institute for Agriculture, University of Evora, Portugal LinkLanguages spoken: Portuguese, English, French, Spanish
María Perevochtchikova – El Colegio de México A.C. (COLMEX), México LinkLanguages spoken: Spanish, Russian, English
Mariana Pereyra – Interdisciplinary Space, University of the Republic, Uruguay LinkLanguages spoken: Spanish, English, Portuguese
Ria Lambino – Research Institute for Humanity and Nature, Kyoto, Japan LinkLanguages spoken: English, Filipino (Ilonggo, Tagalog, Pangasinan), Japanese
Stephen Fiore – International Network for the Science of Team Science (INSciTS), International/USA LinkLanguages spoken: English
Theres Paulsen – Network for Transdisciplinary Research (td-net), Switzerland LinkLanguages spoken: German, French, English

Individual members:

Ulli Vilsmaier, Responsive Research Collective, Switzerland LinkLanguages spoken: German, Spanish, English, French, Italian


Gabriele Bammer, Integration and Implementation Sciences (i2S), The Australian National University LinkLanguages spoken: English, German

Executive Committee

President: Gabriele Bammer

Executive Secretary: Tobias Buser contact

Treasurer: Theres Paulsen

Ledership Board representative: Mª Helena Guimarães


Executive Secretary: Tobias Buser contactLanguages spoken: German, English, Spanish, French

Former Student Assistant: Catarina Isidoro (sponsored by MED – Mediterranean Institute for Agriculture, Environment and Development)

Former Student Assistant: Hanna Hilbert (sponsored by Institute for Social-Ecological Research ISOE)