How to build successful interdisciplinary research teams

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How to build successful interdisciplinary teams based on effective communication and trust. For notes pages, email m.reed@abdn.ac.uk. Presentation given at University of Newcastle, 4th November 2010

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How to build successful interdisciplinary research teams

  1. 1. relu Rural Economy and Land Use Programme relu Rural Economy and Land Use Programme Building Sustainable Places Learning from interdisciplinary research experience
  2. 2. relu Rural Economy and Land Use Programme Plan 1. Introduction to the project 2. A children’s story 3. Our story All photos and video have copyright permission for use in this presentation 01/30/15 2 relu Rural Economy and Land Use Programme
  3. 3. relu Rural Economy and Land Use Programme 1. Introduction to the project
  4. 4. relu Rural Economy and Land Use Programme • 7 years (ending 2012) • Sites: Peak District, Yorkshire Dales, Galloway • £1.1M from RELU and ESRC • 29 researchers: Universities of Aberdeen, Leeds, St Andrews, Durham, Sheffield & others with Moors for the Future & Heather Trust Building sustainable places by working with people in uplands to better anticipate & respond to future change
  5. 5. relu Rural Economy and Land Use Programme The Sustainable Uplands team: University of Aberdeen: Dr Mark Reed Prof Steve Redpath University of St Andrews: Dr Ioan Fazey Dr Anna Evely Macaulay Institute: Mark Sutter Mike Rivington Green = RELU 4th Phase Project University of Durham: Prof Tim Burt Dr Fred Worrall Dr Rob Dunford University of Sheffield: Dr Christina Prell Wirtschafts University, Austria: Dr Sigrid Stagl International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Austria: Jan Sendzimir Moors for the Future partnership The Heather Trust (Simon Thorp) University of Leeds: Prof Joe Holden Dr Klaus Hubacek Dr Nesha Beharry-Borg Ms Jan Birch Ms Sarah Buckmaster Dr Dan Chapman Dr Pippa Chapman Dr Stephen Cornell Dr Andy Dougill Dr Evan Fraser Dr Jenny Hodgson Dr Nanlin Jin Dr Brian Irvine Prof Mike Kirkby Dr Bill Kunin Mr Oliver Moore Dr Claire Quinn Dr Brad Parrish Dr Lindsay Stringer Dr Mette Termansen
  6. 6. relu Rural Economy and Land Use Programme
  7. 7. relu Rural Economy and Land Use Programme • Key findings: scenario films using stories to integrate insights from different disciplines (at end or on DVD) • Challenges and rewards of using interdisciplinary approaches to build sustainable places in partnership between researchers and stakeholders • Working with people from alien disciplines isn’t always easy... Building Interdisciplinary Teams
  8. 8. relu Rural Economy and Land Use Programme 2. A children’s story
  9. 9. relu Rural Economy and Land Use Programme Copyright permission for public reading from Harper Collins Working successfully between disciplines and with stakeholders is all about investing in relationships – it is about communicating effectively with each other and fostering trust
  10. 10. Working successfully between disciplines and with stakeholders is all about investing in relationships – it is about communicating effectively with each other and fostering trust
  11. 11. relu Rural Economy and Land Use Programme 3. Our story
  12. 12. relu Rural Economy and Land Use Programme Communicating with each other
  13. 13. relu Rural Economy and Land Use Programme Communicating with each other
  14. 14. relu Rural Economy and Land Use Programme Communicating with each other
  15. 15. relu Rural Economy and Land Use Programme Building interdisciplinary capacity
  16. 16. relu Rural Economy and Land Use Programme This takes time and hard work. Just when you thought you’d finished...
  17. 17. relu Rural Economy and Land Use Programme 2. Trusting each other
  18. 18. relu Rural Economy and Land Use Programme Impact • Inputs to policy processes e.g. via Defra’s upland policy review, CRC’s upland inquiry, Foresight, NEA, Scottish Government Rural Land Use Study, IUCN peatland programme and consultation responses • >£800K for 17 projects applying project outputs e.g. Yorkshire Water, Natural England, DEFRA, Premier Waste, United Utilities, Lancashire Wildlife Trust
  19. 19. relu Rural Economy and Land Use Programme Conclusion Working successfully between disciplines and with stakeholders is all about investing in relationships – it is about communicating effectively with each other and fostering trust
  20. 20. relu Rural Economy and Land Use Programme A process of knowledge exchange... RELU 4th phases project: • Understanding KE/KM processes • Upland/peatland Research, Policy & Practice Hub A new way to do research?
  21. 21. relu Rural Economy and Land Use Programme Contact www.see.leeds.ac.uk/sustainableuplands Follow us on: www.twitter.com/reluuplands Email: sustainableuplands@see.leeds.ac.uk Call or text on: 0797 428 6778

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