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The Association for Interdisciplinary Studies (formerly the Association for Integrative Studies) is “an interdisciplinary professional organization founded in 1979 to promote the interchange of ideas among scholars and administrators in all of the arts and sciences on intellectual and organizational issues related to furthering integrative studies”. US based, it has an international membership. Some of […]
Developing close working relationships between policing and academic organisations requires increased understanding of what is important to each organisation and how to build an effective collaboration. Assistant Commissioner Paul Doyle from the Queensland Police Service in Australia reflects on the benefits and challenges of such partnerships and describes a change in recruiting policy as an […]
Embedding police officers in police research organisations has many benefits arising from mutual understanding and trust. Four police officers from the Queensland Police Service in Australia were sequentially seconded to CEPS (Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security) between 2008-2013. The fourth, Jason Saunders, reflects on the process and outcomes, with a […]
Shares tips for collaboration between HASS (Humanities, Arts and Social Science) and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Medicine/Mathematics) sectors based on experience undertaking research on water-related issues. Provides an analogy with marriage-like relationships, starting with “blind to the faults, keen on the charms”, moving on to dealing with differences and conflicts, accepting each other’s imperfections […]
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Purpose: To provide practical guidance on collaboration in research teams. Description: The Collaboration and Team Science Field Guide (now in its second edition) is divided into 13 chapters with supportive case studies, covering: Engaging in team science: What is a scientific research team? Preparing yourself for team science: The value of self-reflection; understanding personality types; […]
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Individual competencies for interdisciplinary research collaboration were identified using a Delphi method which drew on expert opinion. Twenty-four competencies were identified in the following five clusters: intrapersonal, including broad intellectual curiosity and an open mind disciplinary awareness and exchange, including assumptions, limitations and contributions of own and other disciplines processes of integration, including integration of […]
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Purpose: To help a research or policy-making group come to terms with the feedback dynamics of the system which characterises the problem they are interested in. The intent is to learn just enough about the way that feedback operates in the system-of-interest, that they can identify and explain its main effects. The aim is to […]
ICTAM is a step-wise method for bringing qualitative mental models into formal quantitative simulation models. The ICTAM acronym stands for the key methods used throughout the process: Interviews, Cognitive mapping, Time-sequence Unified Modelling Language (UML), All-encompassing framework, and numerical agent-based Models. The process starts by conducting semi-structured interviews with stakeholders. The purpose is to collect data […]
Fourteen dialogue methods are described to facilitate interactions between, and synthesise knowledge from, experts from a range of disciplines, as well as stakeholders affected by the problem and those in a position to do something about it. Dialogue can be key to research on real-world problems—like restoration of wetlands, the needs of the elderly, effective […]
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The Toolbox consists of a series of questions to probe team member views on the practice of science and acts as a stimulus for discussion. Questions cover motivation, methodology, confirmation, objectivity, values and reductionism and emergence. This philosophically structured dialogue can be used to uncover worldviews that frame what investigators see, what priorities they set, […]

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