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Barriers to research collaboration across disciplines: scientific paradigms and institutional practices

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Philip Lowe, Professor Jeremy Phillipson



In a recent paper in this journal it was suggested that the conventional knowledge practices of disciplines are the fundamental obstacle to mutual understanding between academic experts. Such a position, we argue, underplays the institutional relationships that recreate expert and disciplinary divides. To demonstrate our case we discuss how in the UK the evolving relationship between the government and research councils has crucially altered the context for efforts to stimulate interdisciplinary research. Our analysis highlights the scope for changes in institutional structures and practices that would facilitate broader and more encompassing research into complex sustainability problems.

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Author(s): Lowe P, Phillipson J

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Environment and Planning A

Year: 2009

Volume: 41

Issue: 5

Pages: 1171-1184

Date deposited: 14/05/2010

ISSN (print): 0308-518X

ISSN (electronic): 1472-3409

Publisher: Pion Ltd.


DOI: 10.1068/a4175


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