Research Collaborations Across Disciplines

Categories: Focus Series, Research, Tools and Resources

Tags: , ,

Collaboration is a MethodSpace focus for December. We will look at the various types of collaboration that engage researchers and academic writers.

The US National Academy of Sciences creates e-books and reports on numerous topics, some of which encompass the social sciences. These e-books can be freely read online, or purchased if you need a print copy. 

  • Art, Design and Science, Engineering and Medicine Frontier Collaborations: Ideation, Translation, Realization: Seed Idea Group Summaries (2016) 
    Science and art were not always two separate entities. Historically, times of great scientific progress occurred during profound movements in art, the two disciplines working together to enrich and expand humanity’s understanding of its place in this cosmos. Only recently has a dividing line been drawn, and this seeming dichotomy misses some of the fundamental similarities between the two endeavors.
  • Collaborations of Consequence NAKFI’s 15 Years Igniting Innovation at the Intersections of Disciplines (2018) 
    This publication represents the culmination of the National Academies Keck Futures Initiative (NAKFI), a program of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the National Academy of Medicine supported by a 15-year, $40 million grant from the W. M. Keck Foundation to advance the future of science through interdisciplinary research. From 2003 to 2017, more than 2,000 researchers and other professionals across disciplines and sectors attended an annual “think-tank” style conference to contemplate real-world challenges. 
  • Facilitating Interdisciplinary Research (2005) Advances in science and engineering increasingly require the collaboration of scholars from various fields. This shift is driven by the need to address complex problems that cut across traditional disciplines, and the capacity of new technologies to both transform existing disciplines and generate new ones. At the same time, however, interdisciplinary research can be impeded by policies on hiring, promotion, tenure, proposal review, and resource allocation that favor traditional disciplines.
  • The Integration of the Humanities and Arts with Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in Higher Education (2018) This e-book examines the evidence behind the assertion that educational programs that mutually integrate learning experiences in the humanities and arts with science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine (STEMM) lead to improved educational and career outcomes for undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Convergence: Facilitating Transdisciplinary Integration of Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Engineering, and Beyond (2014) Convergence of the life sciences with fields including physical, chemical, mathematical, computational, engineering, and social sciences is a key strategy to tackle complex challenges and achieve new and innovative solutions. 

Learn more on SAGE MethodSpace:

Leave a Reply