Interdisciplinary research: practical guidance

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This open-access book provides "practical guidance on how to conduct interdisciplinary research effectively with multi-member teams operating across departments and institutions." Chapters are:

  1. Signposts for interdisciplinary travellers: introduction and some tips for reading this book
  2. Departure point: our approach to interdisciplinarity
  3. Planning the expedition: designing interdisciplinary research projects
  4. Making the expedition a success: managing interdisciplinary projects and teams
  5. Permit to travel: supporting the next generation of interdisciplinary researchers
  6. Charting a course for an interdisciplinary career: establishing and sustaining interdisciplinary careers in and beyond universities
  7. Assessing the route: evaluating interdisciplinary proposals, programmes and publications
  8. Knowledge travels: getting interdisciplinary research into policy and practice
  9. Navigating the interdisciplinary landscape: how to shape interdisciplinary futures
  10. Appendix 1: the authors’ own interdisciplinary research journeys
  11. Appendix 2: shaping interdisciplinary research futures – questions for readers

Reference: Lyall, C., Bruce, A., Tait, J. and Meagher, L. (2011). Interdisciplinary Research Journeys: Practical Strategies for Capturing Creativity. Bloomsbury Academic , London, UK. The book is on open access at Bloomsbury:

Video (35 minutes: relevant segment found at 13.08 minutes to 13:36 minutes): This digital poster was included in a Tour of Digital Posters on Educating the Next Generation by Lawrence Cram available on the I2S channel on YouTube. The tour was presented at the First Global Conference on Research Integration and Implementation held in Canberra in Australia, online and at three co-conferences (Lueneburg in Germany, The Hague in the Netherlands and Montevideo in Uruguay), 8-11 September 2013.

Posted: May 2015
Last modified: October 2021