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Interdisciplinarity as an Emergent Property: The Research Project “CINTERA” and the Study of Marine Eutrophication

Abstract

Research projects combining different disciplines are increasingly common and sought after by funding agencies looking for ways to achieve environmental, social, and economic sustainability. Creating and running a truly integrated research project that combines very different disciplines is, however, no easy task. Large-scale efforts to create interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary research efforts have reported on their experiences in trying to achieve this goal. This article shares the methods, challenges and achievements experienced by a smaller group of researchers who have developed an interdisciplinary approach based on former results of Norwegian and Chilean experiments. The project “A Cross-disciplinary Integrated Eco-system Eutrophication Research and Management Approach” (CINTERA), funded by the Research Council of Norway (RCN, project 216607), brings together the fields of political science, economics, marine biology/oceanography and marine bio-geo-chemistry to improve the understanding of marine eutrophication and its possible socio-economic impacts. CINTERA is a multidisciplinary project that evolved into an interdisciplinary project and in so doing, transformed the attitudes of participants. The transformative process was generated particularly by the need to work closely together in making the CINTERA project useful for policy-makers.

Category

Academic article

Client

  • Research Council of Norway (RCN) / 216607

Language

English

Author(s)

  • Jennifer L. Bailey
  • Murat Van Ardelan
  • Klaudia L. Hernández
  • Humberto E. González
  • Jose Luis Iriarte
  • Lasse Mork Olsen
  • Hugo Salgado
  • Rachel Tiller

Affiliation

  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • 'Andrés Bello' University
  • Southern University of Chile
  • Centre for Research in Patagonian Ecosystems
  • University of Talca
  • SINTEF Ocean / Climate and Environment

Date

15.07.2015

Year

2015

Published in

Sustainability

ISSN

2071-1050

Publisher

MDPI

Volume

7

Issue

7

Page(s)

9118 - 9139

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