Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies
This timely book presents a core framework for conducting high quality interdisciplinary research. It focuses on the opportunities rather than the challenges of interdisciplinary work and is written for those doing interdisciplinary work (rather than those studying it).
Chapter 1: Introduction
Challenges and opportunities
A note on terminology
Chapter 2: Beyond CP Snow
Quantitative and qualitative studies
Improved understanding and quality
Drawing on commonalities
Context dependence and quantification
Interpretation and context
Chapter 3: Questioning to learn and learning to question
Part I: Interdisciplinary expectations (Questions 1 to 3)
Part II: Transacademic aspirations (Questions 4 and 5)
Part III: Academic rigour (Questions 6 to 10)
Chapter 4: Why do you conduct interdisciplinary work?
Where do you position yourself on the reflection scale?
To what end are you using knowledge from different disciplines?
What makes your work interdisciplinary? (Question 3)
Chapter 5: Why do you interact with society?
Academic knowledge and decision-making
Who participates in which part of the study and how?
Why do you interact with society? (Question 5)
A word of warning: Don`t be snobbish
Chapter 6: Rigorous but not rigid
On quality assessment
Confusing form and credibility - an example
Chapter 7: Marking your playground
Operationalizing the aim
Confusing interdisciplinarity with `Everything`
Chapter 8: Evidence that holds for scrutiny
How or why?
Mixing various types of empirical evidence
Chapter 9: Anchoring your canoe
Clarifying your sources
Anchoring your frame
Anchoring your method
Chapter 10: Analysis
Clarifying the own, the new
Relevant literature - your canon
The style of recognized scholars
Passive and active voice
Chapter 11: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder
Where do I place the reflections?
Where do I describe the context?
Chapter 12: Being interdisciplinary
Creating an open and respectful climate
Hierarchies that impair
Humbleness and courage
Dialogue, feedback and how to manage supervisors