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How can the Arts and Humanities position themselves as leaders in societal challenges research? Insights from the first SHAPE-ID workshop

Between December 2019 and May 2020, we are organising six learning case workshops in cities around Europe to learn directly from stakeholders’ experience in doing inter- and transdisciplinary research on a wide range of challenges. Our first workshop was designed to explore how the Arts and Humanities in particular could position themselves as leaders in research addressing societal challenges.
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Disentangling inter- and transdisciplinarity: some insights and first results from SHAPE-ID

One of SHAPE-ID’s first objectives is to identify, through an evidence-scanning exercise drawing on existing work, the different understandings and factors that help or hinder interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research (IDR and TDR) within and between Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (AHSS) and STEMM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine). This blog post summarises the preliminary findings of the SHAPE-ID literature review to date, which is also available as a report.
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Supporting Inter- and Transdisciplinary Academic Careers

We still have a long way to go before inter- and trans-disciplinary (ITD) careers become “normalised” within our institutions and early career ITD researchers still face significant career disadvantages. Catherine Lyall reflects on the ITD 2019 conference and her new book Being an Interdisciplinary Academic.
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Reflections on an Interdisciplinary Funding Scheme: Perspective of a Research Officer

While there are opportunities in large funding programmes like Horizon 2020, within its Societal Challenges pillar and other collaborative aspects of the programme, the barriers to entry for initiating collaborations under these kinds of programmes can be quite high, especially for researchers at an earlier stage in their careers. Research Officer Maureen Burgess reflects on efforts by the Irish Research Council to enable Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences leadership in interdisciplinary research.
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