One of the major areas of emphasis in the academy in recent years has been interdisciplinary research, a trend that promises new insights and innovations rooted in cross-disciplinary collaboration. This book is designed to help students understand the tools required for stepping beyond traditional disciplinary boundaries and applying knowledge and insights from multiple fields. Relentlessly focused on practical applications, the book will enable students to plan and execute their own interdisciplinary research projects.
About the Author
Steph Menken is a professor on the Faculty of Sciences at the University of Amsterdam and at the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics and serves as the scientific director of the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies. Machiel Keestra is an assistant professor on the Faculty of Sciences at the University of Amsterdam and at the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies and is the president-elect of the Association for Interdisciplinary Studies.
"This concise handbook, edited by Menken and Keestra (both, Univ. of Amsterdam, Netherlands), strives to provide interested European-centered researchers with the essentials of beginning interdisciplinary theory and step-by-step practice, even including an interdisciplinary career section. It succeeds as a clear, solid overview to show why and how to create common ground among disparate researchers examining complex questions. Complexity and integration are the hallmarks of interdisciplinarity, allowing for the fresh synthesis of insights that complement and connect perspectives from different disciplines." — Choice