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Five organizational features that enable successful interdisciplinary marine research


Blythe, J and Cvitanovic, C, Five organizational features that enable successful interdisciplinary marine research, Frontiers in Marine Science, 7, (NOV) Article 539111. ISSN 2296-7745 (2020) [Refereed Article]


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Copyright 2020 Blythe and Cvitanovic. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY)

DOI: doi:10.3389/fmars.2020.539111


To generate innovative solutions for marine sustainability challenges, scientists, policymakers, and funders are increasingly calling for interdisciplinary research that transcends disciplinary boundaries. However, challenges associated with doing interdisciplinary research persist and undermine progress toward tackling the complex challenges faced by marine social-ecological systems. One barrier for engaging in effective interdisciplinary research is a lack of understanding about the institutional capacities that support interdisciplinary knowledge production. Based on in-depth qualitative interviews with members of the Centre for Marine Socioecology in Australia, we identify five principles that underpin effective interdisciplinary research organizations. The principles are: (1) support female leadership; (2) forge partnerships outside of academia; (3) develop impact-based performance metrics; (4) focus on long-term funding; and (5) cultivate a visible brand. Going forward, these principles could be used to inform organizational design that transforms institutional barriers into enablers of innovative interdisciplinary research for more sustainable, desirable, and equitable futures.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:interdisciplinary research, anthropocene, sustainability, interdisciplinary institutions, institutional capacity, Australia
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Sociological methodology and research methods
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the environmental sciences
UTAS Author:Cvitanovic, C (Dr Christopher Cvitanovic)
ID Code:143646
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:16
Deposited By:Oceans and Cryosphere
Deposited On:2021-03-29
Last Modified:2021-04-09
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