The SHAPE-ID project toolkit supporting pathways to interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research is now available online at www.shapeidtoolkit.eu. It offers practical tools and resources to help researchers, research organisations, funders, policymakers, and societal partners make informed decisions about developing and supporting inter-and transdisciplinary research.
The following are a selection of reports and websites that may be useful to those interested in inter- and transdisciplinary research. In some cases SHAPE-ID partners have been involved in their production but they are not project outputs. See Outputs for SHAPE-ID policy briefs, reports and other publications.
This OECD report looks at how transdisciplinary research, which combines knowledge from different scientific disciplines with that of public and private sector stakeholders and citizens, can be used to address complex societal challenges. This includes developing effective responses in acute crises, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as longer-term solutions for sustainability development. In a series of 28 case studies, each of which is briefly summarised in the report, it identifies the key obstacles to effectively implementing transdisciplinary research. Many of these are embedded in the way that research systems are structured and managed and they are amenable to policy intervention. Examples of how various actors, including funding agencies and universities are adapting to better accommodate the requirements of transdisciplinary research are included in the report and related policy actions are ascribed for these actors.
Integration and Implementation Sciences (i2S) is dedicated to improving research impact on complex real-world problems and offers a useful resources repository with a range of tools for tackling complex societal and environmental problems, as well as other useful information.
Integration and Implementation Insights (also known as i2Insights) is a community weblog for researchers who are interested in sharing concepts and methods for understanding and acting on complex societal and environmental problems (problems like refugee crises, global climate change, and inequality). The blog is run by the Integration and Implementation Sciences (i2S) team (Gabriele Bammer and Peter Deane) at The Australian National University.
Monitoring the development of SSH as a cross cutting issue is a commitment made under the Horizon 2020 Programme. The 4th monitoring report on SSH integration in H2020 published in February 2019 examines a range of indicators, such as budget allocation to AHSS partners, qualitative aspects of projects, performance of disciplines and sectors involved and countries participating both as participants and coordinators.
This report arose from a one day intensive workshop co-hosted by Trinity College Dublin and Dublin City University in June 2016 supported by funding from the Irish Research Council. The aim of the workshop was to explore how Interdisciplinary Research (IDR) can enable researchers to achieve deeper impact for their work than would be otherwise possible and to draw recommendations from key stakeholders within the academic community on the island of Ireland as to how IDR might be better supported.
The Intereach community brings together practitioners and researchers of interdisciplinary integration – people who connect across teams, disciplines, and sectors to solve problems requiring diverse expertise. The community shares best practices, success metrics, and ideas for establishing intereach career paths. They also run an excellent webinar series which is available on their website.
td-net is the primary Swiss contact point for researchers and funders in the field of inter- and transdisciplinary research and teaching. td-net advances mutual learning between inter- and transdisciplinary researchers and lecturers across thematic fields, languages and countries and thereby supports community building. As a centre of competences td-net collates expertise, methods and tools for coproducing knowledge, thus supporting inter- and transdisciplinary projects in research and teaching.
The methods and tools offered by the td-net toolbox specifically focus on jointly developing projects, conducting research and exploring ways to impact in heterogeneous groups. They are intended to help shape collaboration between experts and stakeholders from science and practice in systematic and traceable ways.