Document Type

Article

Publication Title

Environmental and Natural Resources Research

Publisher

Canadian Center of Science and Education

Publication Date

6-2014

Publisher location

Toronto, ON, Canada

First Page

70

Last Page

79

Issue Number

2

Volume Number

4

Abstract/ Summary

Interdisciplinary research has gained tremendous popularity in higher education over the past several decades and funding for such efforts through federal agencies has underscored its relevance. In sustainability science, in particular, interdisciplinarity is seen as integral to the research endeavor. However, a paucity of empirical evidence exists regarding the process of interdisciplinary endeavors, particularly those that cross the social-biophysical science divide. The current study incorporated insights over a four-year period from 25 faculty members involved in a large, interdisciplinary effort at one institution of higher education in the United States. Issues of disciplinary status, power, and hierarchy were prevalent in their accounts. Recommendations for policy and practice are included.

Citation/Publisher Attribution

Gardner, S.K. 2014. Bridging the divide: Tensions between the biophysical and social sciences in an interdisciplinary sustainability science project. Environment and Natural Resources Research, Vol 4, No 2 (2014), 70-79

Publisher Statement

© 2014 Canadian Center of Science and Education

DOI

DOI:10.5539/enrr.v4n2p70

Version

publisher's version of the published document

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