The Keys to Successful Interdisciplinary Research and Interdisciplinary Graduate Programmes

By Shona J Kelly.

Published by Journal of the World Universities Forum

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My work and education have given me extensive, practical experience of interdisciplinarity and clear views on the factors that contribute to successful programmes. Many of the features of successful interdisciplinary research programmes are echoed in successful interdisciplinary graduate programmes, with the overarching features being collaboration, bridge-building and willingness to change one’s approach to incorporate insights from other research perspectives. Indeed, interdisciplinary research is about examining interesting questions from multiple perspectives.

Keywords: Discourse, Interdisciplinarity, Practical Experience, Interdisciplinary Graduates

Journal of the World Universities Forum, Volume 1, Issue 3, pp.127-130. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 499.662KB).

Dr. Shona J Kelly

Associate Professor, Division of Epidemiology & Public Health, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK

Shona Kelly is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Epidemiology at the University of Nottingham. She originally trained as a bench scientist, then because of her knowledge of pesticides started working in occupational and environmental epidemiology. A multitude of real world research problems on human contaminant exposures led her to complete a mid-life PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies in a piece of research that combined sociology, psychology and epidemiology. Over the past two years she has published papers with geographers, climatologists, sociologists, psychologists and epidemiologists. I am currently working on research projects with geological engineers, sociologists, psychologists and, of course, with various healthcare professions.

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