'Interdisciplinarity' has become a rallying cry among funders and leaders of research. Yet, while the creative potential of interdisciplinary research is great, it poses many challenges. If you don't have disciplinary boundaries, how do you decide what to include or leave out? And what are the parameters for evaluating the research?
This book provides a practical guide for researchers and research managers who are seeking to develop interdisciplinary research strategies at a personal, institutional and multi-institutional level. The book draws on examples from across the social and natural sciences but also offers valuable lessons for other combinations of more proximate disciplines.
At a time when interdisciplinary research is increasingly centre stage in the research agenda, this book offers a crucial practical guide for researchers, research funders and managers from all backgrounds and contexts.
Catherine Lyall is Professor of Science and Public Policy at the University of Edinburgh, UK. Ann Bruce is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh, UK. Joyce Tait is Professor and Co-Director of the Innogen Institute at the University of Edinburgh, UK. Laura Meagher heads the Technology Development Group and is an Honorary Fellow at the University of Edinburgh, UK.
Introduction; Designing ID Research Projects; Building and Managing ID Teams; Training the Next Generation of Interdisciplinary Researchers; Charting a Course for an Interdisciplinary Career; The Contribution of Interdisciplinary Research; Evaluating Interdisciplinary Research; The Future Interdisciplinary Landscape