Transdisciplinary Inquiry and the Role of Human Geography in Health Research

By Hélène Ouellette-Kuntz.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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Transdisciplinary inquiry is emerging as a way to respond to society’s need to understand the complexity of today’s world. This approach to research is distinct from multi- and interdisciplinary approaches. It requires, among other things, a recognition and respect for disciplinary perspectives on a problem. Developments in geography have resulted in a redefinition of the discipline with a focus on the universalizing concept of place making it integrative in nature. This perspective makes health geographers ideally situated to respond to the call for more trandisciplinary inquiry in health.

Keywords: Transdisciplinarity, Health Research, Human Geography

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 2, Issue 2, pp.75-80. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 508.749KB).

Prof. Hélène Ouellette-Kuntz

Associate Professor, Department of Community Health & Epidemiology, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Hélène Ouellette-Kuntz is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Community Health & Epidemiology and Psychiatry at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. She is also appointed to a community-based agency for persons with intellectual disabilities in Southeastern Ontario (Ongwanada) where she works as an epidemiologist. Through the Division of Developmental Disabilities in the Department of Psychiatry at Queen’s University, Hélène works with a multidisciplinary team providing service, teaching and research related to the health of persons with intellectual disabilities. She has recently undertaken doctoral studies in Health Geography at Queen’s University. Hélène is the Director of the Southeastern Ontario Community-University Research Alliance in Intellectual Disabilities. This extensive research partnership, involving a dozen researchers and over 40 community agencies that support approximately 4,000 individuals with intellectual disabilities, is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. The research partnership is focusing on the impact of community integration policy across a service system (see She is also the Director of a national study of the epidemiology of autism through the Autism Spectrum Disorder Canadian-American Research Consortium which is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (see


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