Applying a transdisciplinary mixed methods research design to explore sustainable diets in rural South Africa

N. Claasen, N. Covic, E.F. Idsardi, L.A. Sandham, A. Gildenhuys, Stefanie Lemke

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

    7 Citations (Scopus)
    146 Downloads (Pure)


    This article describes a conceptual framework for exploring sustainable diets, using a case study example of ongoing research in the Vaalharts region, a rural setting in South Africa. A qualitative research approach is followed with an integrated transdisciplinary mixed methods research design with multiple concurrent components employed during two sequential phases. A successful application of the framework is achieved through a collaborative team effort of researchers with qualitative and quantitative research expertise transcending different disciplines, as well as participation of community members throughout the research process. We demonstrate that transdisciplinary mixed methods research designs are essential to gain a better understanding of the complex concept of sustainable diets.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)69-91
    JournalInternational Journal of Qualitative Methods
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 15 Jun 2015

    Bibliographical note

    © 2015 Claasen, Covic, Idsardi, Sandham, Gildenhuys, Lemke. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons‐Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License 4.0 International (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly attributed, not used for commercial purposes, and if transformed, the resulting work is redistributed under the same or similar license to this one.


    • Sustainable diets
    • mixed methods
    • case study
    • transdisciplinary research
    • South Africa

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Social Sciences(all)


    Dive into the research topics of 'Applying a transdisciplinary mixed methods research design to explore sustainable diets in rural South Africa'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

    Cite this