Doing interdisciplinarity: motivation and collaboration in research for sustainable agriculture in the UK

Frances Harris, Fergus Lyon, Sarah Clarke

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Abstract

This paper studies knowledge production in complex, collaborative research projects that brought together academics from different disciplines, research users and agricultural businesses. It takes a comparative approach, studying the interactions within interdisciplinary research teams from ten case studies, considering the process of collaboration from initial idea through to publication. The research developed a typology of participants in these
projects, and identified the motivations and challenges of each. Our results analyse the process of research teams coming together and the relationships that are built up during the research. A particular challenge identified was the building of cooperation and trust. This issue is explored alongside issues of communication, methodology, data analysis and the process of drawing and publicising conclusions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)374-384
Number of pages11
JournalArea
Volume41
Issue number4
Early online date19 Nov 2008
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2009

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