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An autoethnographic approach to extending grounded theory research into experiencing transdisciplinary socio-ecological systems

This piece explains my rationale for choosing a novel autoethnographic method to extend one of my previous research projects, which used constructivist grounded theory method, to explore how early career researchers experience information for learning in complex transdisciplinary contexts. Over four years, as a doctoral candidate, I was immersed in the fascinating worlds and eclectic networks of fourteen researchers from across the natural sciences, social sciences and creative arts, in the first five years of their academic appointments. Each of these academics based at two Australian universities had continued to nurture connections established from their past lives working in industry, media, advocacy groups and government policy, while collaborating with a wide range of academics and practitioners from within and outside of their disciplines. My study developed a theoretical model of early career researchers experiencing information as a transdisciplinary knowledge ecosystem. With constructivist grounded theory, my focus was on developing an understanding of a social phenomenon (and new conceptual models) based on commonalities and differences across various individual and personal, subjective meanings and experiences. The knowledge …