Thinking about knowing: Conceptual foundations for interdisciplinary environmental research

Sanjeev Khagram, Kimberly A. Nicholas, Dena Macmynowski Bever, Justin Warren, Elizabeth H. Richards, Kirsten Oleson, Justin Kitzes, Rebecca Katz, Rebeca Hwang, Rebecca Goldman, Jason Funk, Kate A. Brauman

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Abstract

Working across knowledge-based research programmes, rather than institutional structures, should be central to interdisciplinary research. In this paper, a novel framework is proposed to facilitate interdisciplinary research, with the goals of promoting communication, understanding and collaborative work. Three core elements need to be addressed to improve interdisciplinary research: the types (forms and functions) of theories, the underlying philosophies of knowledge and the combination of research styles; these three elements combine to form the research programme. Case studies from sustainability science and environmental security illustrate the application of this research programme-based framework. This framework may be helpful in overcoming often oversimplified distinctions, such as qualitative/quantitative, deductive/inductive, normative/descriptive, subjective/objective and theory/practice. Applying this conceptual framework to interdisciplinary research should foster theoretical advances, more effective communication and better problem-solving in increasingly interdisciplinary environmental fields.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)388-397
Number of pages10
JournalEnvironmental Conservation
Volume37
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2010
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • environment and security
  • environmental studies
  • epistemology
  • interdisciplinary research
  • philosophy of science
  • research methods
  • sustainability science
  • theory development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Water Science and Technology
  • Pollution
  • Nature and Landscape Conservation
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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Khagram, S., Nicholas, K. A., Bever, D. M., Warren, J., Richards, E. H., Oleson, K., ... Brauman, K. A. (2010). Thinking about knowing: Conceptual foundations for interdisciplinary environmental research. Environmental Conservation, 37(4), 388-397. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0376892910000809

Thinking about knowing : Conceptual foundations for interdisciplinary environmental research. / Khagram, Sanjeev; Nicholas, Kimberly A.; Bever, Dena Macmynowski; Warren, Justin; Richards, Elizabeth H.; Oleson, Kirsten; Kitzes, Justin; Katz, Rebecca; Hwang, Rebeca; Goldman, Rebecca; Funk, Jason; Brauman, Kate A.

In: Environmental Conservation, Vol. 37, No. 4, 01.12.2010, p. 388-397.

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Khagram, S, Nicholas, KA, Bever, DM, Warren, J, Richards, EH, Oleson, K, Kitzes, J, Katz, R, Hwang, R, Goldman, R, Funk, J & Brauman, KA 2010, 'Thinking about knowing: Conceptual foundations for interdisciplinary environmental research', Environmental Conservation, vol. 37, no. 4, pp. 388-397. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0376892910000809
Khagram, Sanjeev ; Nicholas, Kimberly A. ; Bever, Dena Macmynowski ; Warren, Justin ; Richards, Elizabeth H. ; Oleson, Kirsten ; Kitzes, Justin ; Katz, Rebecca ; Hwang, Rebeca ; Goldman, Rebecca ; Funk, Jason ; Brauman, Kate A. / Thinking about knowing : Conceptual foundations for interdisciplinary environmental research. In: Environmental Conservation. 2010 ; Vol. 37, No. 4. pp. 388-397.
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