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How to… conduct interdisciplinary research


Along with ‘impact’, ‘Interdisciplinarity’ remains one of the most pressing concerns of the academy, and one which is a driving agenda of the major funding bodies. But how to ‘do’ IDR remains challenging.

Building on our work to help support the scholarly community with drive to demonstrate the real impact of their research, we have pulled together a set of resources around conducting successful interdisciplinary research.

We’ve collated a set of tools and resources we can help you to save time, and to help you more easily achieve truly meaningful collaborations across disciplines.

Resources to help you

For a look at our 'how-to' guides, Q&A sessions with researchers, and lots of other helpful resources,  please see our 'Resources to help you' section below.

Supporting interdisciplinary research with a £10,000 grant

As a clear indicator of our commitment in this field, Emerald is offering a research grant for an interdisciplinary research project in the Social Sciences that has demonstrable real world impact.

Our Interdisciplinary Award aims to find an innovative research project that promotes action on the UN Sustainable Development Goals/global challenges through collaboration of disciplines, methodology and research. We invite submissions that are interdisciplinary in approach, develop the advancement of theory and have practical relevance to benefit society in support of the Sustainable Development Goals

Submissions are invited from now, for much more information on the Award criteria and eligibility, please go to our Real Impact Awards site.

Articles to support you in this method of research

Take a look at our freely available article content from our journals around interdisciplinary research projects and the ins and outs of conducting of this type of research.

The articles are taken from a range of our journals, including: Management Research Review, Journal of Education and Training, Online Information Review and the International Journal of Sustainability in HE.


Interdisciplinary research content  ▶

Resources to help you

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Q&A with Rob Fisher,
Series Editor for Emerald Connexions

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The challenges of interdisciplinary research and publishing – Dominic Medway

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Q&A with Farzana Quoquab

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Academic disciplinary segregation versus business collaboration as an imperative to value creation – David L. Loseby

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Lessons from Interdisciplinary Research in Practice - Marco J. Haenssgen