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Interdisciplinarity in transdisciplinary projects : circulating knowledges, practices and effects.

Holmes, Helen and Gregson, Nicky and Watson, Matt and Buckley, Alastair and Chiles, Prue and Krzywoszynska, Anna and Maywin, Jose (2018) 'Interdisciplinarity in transdisciplinary projects : circulating knowledges, practices and effects.', disP - The planning review., 54 (2). pp. 77-93.


This article argues that the emphasis on solving substantive “real-world” problems through interdisciplinary research collaboration can neglect the wider value created by such collaborations. Championing the role of a knowledge integration and reflection facilitator, the article contends that more recognition be given to the value of “spillover” effects associated with interdisciplinary modes of working, rather than focusing solely on knowledge outputs and impacts. Drawing on embedded research conducted in relation to a project on local energy futures involving physicists, architects and geographers, the paper illustrates such “spillover” in relation to academic practice in teaching, project management and research methods. Such “spillovers” signal that what travels in interdisciplinary working is much more than formal knowledge and point to potential long-term legacy effects from interdisciplinary working occurring back in the disciplines.

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Publisher statement:This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in disP - The Planning Review on 27 Jun 2018, available online:
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Date deposited:19 July 2018
Date of first online publication:27 June 2018
Date first made open access:27 December 2019

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