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.
|Journal||International Journal of Qualitative Methods|
|Publication status||Published - 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 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/), 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)
Claasen, N., Covic, N., Idsardi, E. F., Sandham, L. A., Gildenhuys, A., & Lemke, S. (2015). Applying a transdisciplinary mixed methods research design to explore sustainable diets in rural South Africa. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 14(2), 69-91.