Complexity and human health: The case for a transdisciplinary paradigm

  • Albrecht G
  • Freeman S
  • Higginbotham N
  • 8


    Mendeley users who have this article in their library.
  • 73


    Citations of this article.


Transdisciplinary thinking is an emerging philosophy underpinning health social science. We advance a definition of transdisciplinary thinking and link it with complexity theory. Complexity theory's concern with non-linear relationships, interactive causality and emergent properties of systems compels researchers to adopt a transdisciplinary perspective. We construct a generic framework for analyzing health processes from diverse disciplines and apply it to coronary heart disease in the Australian Coalfields. Insights from this analysis support our argument that transdisciplinary thinking maximizes understanding of the complexity of human health.

Get free article suggestions today

Mendeley saves you time finding and organizing research

Sign up here
Already have an account ?Sign in

Find this document


  • Glenn Albrecht

  • Sonia Freeman

  • Nick Higginbotham

Cite this document

Choose a citation style from the tabs below

Save time finding and organizing research with Mendeley

Sign up for free