Category Archives: Interdisciplinarity

Age of Entanglement

To every age, a relic: a loom, an automobile, the PC, a 3D printer. L’Encyclopédie was its period’s signpost, cataloguing and concretizing the boundaries between the disciplines, which emerged from the “long eighteenth century” of the Enlightenment. For the next … Continue reading

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Social Science Parks: Society’s New Super Labs

This paper introduces a practical innovation in facilitating interdisciplinary social science research and its application: the Social Science Research Park (SPARK). Over the past decade, there has been increasing interest in developing interdisciplinary research that addresses societal problems and so-called … Continue reading

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Interdisciplinarity and Complexity – An Evolving Relationship

In recent decades, the ideas of interdisciplinarity and complexity have become increasingly entwined. This convergence invites an exploration of the links and their implications. The implications span the nature of knowledge, the structure of the university, the character of problem … Continue reading

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Disciplining Interdisciplinarity: Sciences for Researching Complex Real-World Problems

This book provides collaborative research teams with a systematic approach for addressing complex real-world problems like widespread poverty, global climate change, organised crime, and escalating health care costs. The three core domains are: Synthesising disciplinary and stakeholder knowledge, Understanding and … Continue reading

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The Complexities of Interdisciplinarity: On Research and Education

The aim of this article is to open a conversation between the complexity & education community and the field of interdisciplinarity (as well as its close relative, interprofessionalism). It starts by describing two very different streams of thought in the literature on … Continue reading

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How to inspire interdisciplinarity: lessons from the collegiate system

Taking the interdisciplinary path is not easy, but universities can boost interaction between researchers and departments through social spaces that foster collegiality. The very nature of academia resists interdisciplinarity, says Elizabeth Dzeng. Is it time Universities paid more than lip … Continue reading

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Interdisciplinarity, Transdisciplinarity, and Beyond: The Brain, Story Sharing, and Social Organization

An apparent conflict between preferences for hierarchical as opposed to distributed organizations is evident in arguments about disciplinary and interdisciplinary organization. It characterizes as well a wide array of other arenas ranging from the biological to the political. In this … Continue reading

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