Leading Monash researchers have examined ways to effectively design and deliver interdisciplinary research to address grand societal challenges in a special issue of the Global Challenges journal published this week.
As guest editors of the Global Challenges Special Issue 'Interdisciplinary Research and Impact', Professor Rebekah Brown, Dr Lara Werbeloff and Professor Rob Raven explore international best practice for undertaking interdisciplinary research for sustainable development.
Interdisciplinary research is crucial for developing integrated solutions for real world challenges. However, there is currently limited insight into how to operationalise this new research approach and translate findings into policy and practice change.
This special issue begins to fill this gap by comparing the experiences of six international research collaborations in the sustainable development space. The contributions cover a variety of empirical fields, geographical scopes, and disciplines with each seeking to influence policy and practice in their respective domains. Overall, the special issue identifies some common characteristics that can successfully foster interdisciplinary research.
Interdisciplinarity is core to MSDI's approach, and this Special Issue helps develop a framework for the successful design and execution of large-scale interdisciplinary research projects that deliver innovative and integrated sustainable development solutions.
Global Challenges is a peer reviewed multidisciplinary open access journal that brings science, technology, and social science together to tackle five of humanity’s major challenges: Climate Change, Energy, Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, Global Health and Water. Special Issue cover design Ivy Hajduk, MSDI.