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Journal of Community Practice


Taylor & Francis

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Abington, UK

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Community practice and actionable science share a commitment to solving complex problems to promote sustainability. Collective abilities to address these types of problems rely on interdisciplinary collaborations that also offer unique challenges. In this case study of a statewide interdisciplinary setting, we focus on key methodological differences related to problem identification, stakeholder involvement, competing research paradigms, and orientations towards communication. We argue the generative potential in interdisciplinarity is enhanced through sustained effort and attention to difference; acceptance of the ethical responsibility to reflect critically on power in shared decision making spaces; and strategic interventions to continually promote and improve learning.

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McGreavy, B., Silka, L., & Lindenfeld, L. 2014. Interdisciplinarity and Actionable Science: Exploring the generative potential in difference. Journal of Community Practice, Volume 22, Issue 1-2, 2014.

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© 2014 Informa Group plc


DOI: 10.1080/10705422.2014.901264


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