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A guide to ontology, epistemology, and philosophical perspectives for interdisciplinary researchers

How can understanding philosophy improve our research? How can an understanding of what frames our research influence our choices? Do researchers’ personal thoughts and beliefs shape research design, outcomes and interpretation? These questions are all important for social science research. … Continue reading

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Five organizational features for successful interdisciplinary research

How can significant challenges associated with doing interdisciplinary research be overcome? What are the best ways to build institutional capacity and structures that support interdisciplinary research? We have identified five key organizational features that enable successful interdisciplinary research. These are … Continue reading

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Interdisciplinarity and synergy in collaborations

Problem-solving often requires crossing boundaries, such as those between disciplines. However, interdisciplinarity is not an objective in itself, but a means for creating synergy. When policy-makers call for interdisciplinarity, they may mean synergy. Synergy means that the whole offers more … Continue reading

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Epistemological obstacles to interdisciplinary research

What causes interdisciplinary collaborations to default to the standard frameworks and methods of a single discipline, leaving collaborators feeling like they aren’t being taken seriously, or that what they’ve brought to the project has been left on the table, ignored … Continue reading

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The Perks and Perils of Interdisciplinary Research

In order to get beyond the rhetoric of interdisciplinarity, Erin Leahey has designed a series of research projects that address the actual impact of interdisciplinary work on scholars and institutions. In this essay, Leahey discusses how interdisciplinary research affects academic … Continue reading

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Networks and Social Innovation for Resilient Systems

Complex challenges demand complex solutions. By their very nature, these problems are difficult to define and are often the result of rigid social structures that effectively act as “traps”. However, resilience theory and the adaptive cycle can serve as a … Continue reading

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