Doing Interdisciplinary Research
The Collaborative Social Science Domain supports methodological
innovation and new cross disciplinary collaborations across institutional
boundaries. We hope that you will find this collection of resources useful as you plan your research activities.
Publish or Perish: Getting Collaborative Social Science Published
The way we do social science research is changing. Funders are showing a growing interest in collaborative, interdisciplinary research which is leading to increasing numbers of cross-disciplinary projects receiving funding. Many Early Career Researchers (ECRs) are involved in these projects and, in the ‘publish or perish’ climate of academia, getting this non-traditional content published is a new challenge for them to overcome. More
Changing Disciplines for the Better
In this session, Professor Nick Tyler
(Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering UCL) led a discussion on the
ways in which early career researchers can challenge the disciplinary hegemony
driving much of current research and develop their own ways to create new ways
of tackling the problems facing the world. Based on his own experience of
developing interdisciplinary research, he suggested tactics for being creative
while at the same time meeting the requirements for promotion criteria,
publication rates, grant applications and other necessary parts of an early
career researcher’s working life.
Working Across Disciplines: concepts, language and ways of working
The challenges facing
early career researchers include a number of tensions. For instance, being
ambitious but ensuring aims are achievable; being focussed but not too narrow
and being open to new ideas and directions. In this talk, Professor Susan
Michie (Education & Health Psychology, UCL and Director, UCL Centre for
Behaviour Change) discussed these issues in relation to her own career and
experience and helped participants think about these issues in relation to their
current dilemmas and future career plans.
Data Management Planning
Research funders are
increasingly considering Research Data Management as part of funding
applications. This often involves writing a Data Management Plan. These plans
vary across funders and project. One of the challenges researchers may face is
knowing which services are available at UCL and who is able to provide support.
An introduction to the concept of impact, and guidance to help Early Career Researchers plan for, enable and evidence the changes their research can deliver so that they can demonstrate impact.
Generating ideas for interdisciplinary research
Assessing interdisciplinary research
Dame Athene Donald reflects on the challenges of assessing interdisciplinary
The status of interdisciplinary research and the challenges to its
further development in the UK and elsewhere have been the subject of
numerous recent studies. We hope that you will find this collection of
recent reports beneficial.