New publications from Intrepid Members

The use of academic research in planning practice: who, what, where, when and how?

By: Dominic Stead

Involving policy users in academic research to promote the co-creation of knowledge is an increasingly encountered requirement of research funding agencies across the world. This requirement not only places new demands and expectations on academics and policymaking professionals in the research process, it also adds to the importance of understanding the utilisation of academic research in practice. 

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Interdisciplinary Science: A Coming of Age?

By: Roderick J. Lawrence

The New York Academy of Sciences Magazine

Large global challenges, such as climate change, require a comprehensive approach, part of which should be interdisciplinary research.
Interdisciplinarity is a word à la mode, as shown by the contributions in Nature's special issue on the topic (September 2015). However, the collection of articles and the statistics they present confirm that interdisciplinary science is still not mainstream: it is still rarely supported by funders of scientific research despite the increasing number of calls for interdisciplinary projects, it is still rarely taught in higher education curricula, and it is still not recognized by many academic institutions. Indeed interdisciplinary research is considered by many to be contradictory to the basic principles of the production of scientific knowledge.
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Imagine shaping your future

By: Olivia Bina

Science and research agendas are an exercise in future thinking. They help to shape futures by planning to create the knowledge that will bring about desired change and transformation. For this reason, research policy, matters. And when it happens to reach a budget of almost 80 billion euros – as is the case of the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (Horizon 2020) from 2014 to 2020 –it matters a great deal. Horizon 20202 is meant to help member states and the EU to respond to seven “societal challenges” that essentially define the strategic focus of Europe’s programme and of all the annual calls that arise from it.
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Forthcoming INTREPID Activities

Enabling Interdisciplinarity in Urban Studies – Methods and Tools. Experiences from Case Studies

Interdisciplinary Symposium 1st-2nd of November 2016 in Tallinn, Estonia
This symposium ‘will be dedicated to learn from the diversity of current inter- and transdisciplinary practices within and beyond academia, and the institutional and practical barriers to urban related interdisciplinarity in research programming and funding. The objective of the symposium is to elaborate on relevant case studies, including in situ discussions, with a focus on multifaceted experiences in negotiating the research design, objectives, and methodologies in order to overcome the significant interdisciplinary barriers in urban research.

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Interdisciplinary Futures: *Open the Social Sciences…* 20 Years Later

January 19-20 2017 in Lisbon, Portugal

INTREPID and TINT with support from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation is organising the international conference "Interdisciplinary Futures: *Open the Social Sciences…* 20 Years Later",  

We welcome proposals from scholars active in a variety of research fields, from history and philosophy of science to the various disciplinary perspectives applied to the study of science, science policy, and higher education (those from economics, sociology, political science, anthropology, management, education, communication studies, bibliometrics etc). Mixing such perspectives will yield a rich and comprehensive picture of the future of interdisciplinarity in social science.

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