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Interdisciplinarity

"We are not students of some subject matter, but students of problems. And problems may cut right across the borders of any subject matter or discipline".
                                                Karl Popper (Conjectures and refutations: the growth of scientific knowledge).

Scope: Global problems do not come in neat packages: the stresses of transnational migration present questions for international lawyers, transport experts and conflict analysts alike, and the impacts of water scarcity equally call on civil engineers, anthropologists, natural hazard specialists and policy makers. The traditional disciplinary boundaries that are cemented in the academic world are regularly questioned by the “real world”. While not necessarily antidisciplinary, interdisciplinary research is today crucial in seeking solutions to global social, environmental and economic challenges. Yet traditional academic research assessment practices can incentivise approaches to research that lack the interdisciplinary flexibility to engage with challenges like migration, water scarcity, educational underperformance, and many others. Nevertheless, the orientation of some research might be changing, and there are today many emerging examples of promising interdisciplinary collaborations. 

This thematic collection is dedicated to the concept of Interdisciplinarity within and between disciplines in the humanities, social sciences and business studies. Articles in this collection will explore evolving definitions of the term ‘interdisciplinary’, as well as different perspectives on the need and drive for interdisciplinary research, and provide case studies of effective collaborative research in practice. 

We hope this collection will provide fresh insights into the potential impact and outcomes of integrating the specialisations of different academic disciplines.

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