Lowe P, Phillipson J, 2009, "Barriers to research collaboration across disciplines: scientific paradigms and institutional practices" Environment and Planning A 41(5) 1171 – 1184
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Barriers to research collaboration across disciplines: scientific paradigms and institutional practices
Philip Lowe, Jeremy Phillipson
Received 29 February 2008; in revised form 8 May 2008; published online 16 February 2009
Abstract. 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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