Keisha Taylor Wesselink, SHAPE-ID Research Fellow at Trinity College Dublin, reflects on her own journey through the 'labyrinth' of interdisciplinarity and her efforts to map this space for the SHAPE-ID project.
Jennifer Edmond, Associate Professor of Digital Humanities at Trinity College Dublin, co-director of the Trinity Centre for Digital Humanities and President of the Board of Directors of the pan-European research infrastructure for the arts and humanities, DARIAH-EU, writes of the expectation on interdisciplinary scholars to constantly defend the value of their work.
Niamh NicGhabhann, Assistant Dean, Research, for the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences in the University of Limerick and Chair of the Irish Humanities Alliance from September 2020, discusses how undergraduate and postgraduate education in the public humanities can help build interdisciplinary capacity in higher education.
Mary Doyle, Public Policy Fellow at the Trinity Long Room Hub and and former Deputy Secretary General in the Department of Education and Skills of the Irish Government addresses the challenge of improving AHSS integration pathways in inter- and transdisciplinary research from a policymaker’s perspective.
Gemma O'Sullivan from Trinity College Dublin and CHARM-EU reflects on the challenges of explaining what it means to be transdisciplinary and the experiences of building transdisciplinary Knowledge Creating Teams as part of the CHARM-EU European University Alliance.
The third SHAPE-ID learning case workshop took place in Turin on 17-18 February and was a collaboration with the TrUST project (Transdisciplinarity for Urban Sustainability Transition) at Politecnico di Torino. Here we present some early insights from the workshop, which explored inter- and transdisciplinary educational approaches that support sustainable urban transition..
The need for inter- and transdisciplinary research (IDR/TDR) is increasingly bringing new challenges to academic life and presenting new demands for research policy and funding. Here we reflect on some highlights from our survey with inter- and transdisciplinary researchers.
The second SHAPE-ID Learning Case Workshop gathered experienced researchers from the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (AHSS) together with funders, policy makers and representatives from other international bodies. By bringing an environmental humanities lens to bear on interdisciplinary collaborations, we hoped to learn more about potential enablers to facilitate AHSS integration in inter- and transdisciplinary research.
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.
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.