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Crossing Boundaries in Research:
Critical Reflections from an
Interdisciplinary Bastard
Alister Scott
Centre for Environme...
Tress et al 2005
Tress et al 2005
Managing Environmental Change at
the Rural Urban Fringe 2010-2012

Alister Scott
Claudia Carter, Mark Reed, Peter Larkham,...
To Boldly Go…

relu
Rural Economy and
Land Use Programme
Crossing academic, policy,
practice and scalar divides
 Birmingham City University Birmingham School of the
Built Environ...
Seeking out new ‘lenses’
• Spatial Planning and
Ecosystem Approach
Paradigms (lenses)
• Critical thoughtpieces
• PI Synthe...
Crossing and simplifying
theoretical boundaries
Seeking out evidence
• Visioning exercises

relu
Rural Economy and
Land Use Programme

• Workshops (Team led)
Delivering Unconventional
Outputs

relu
Rural Economy and
Land Use Programme
Delivering Unconventional
Outputs

relu
Rural Economy and
Land Use Programme
Delivering Unconventional
Outputs

relu
Rural Economy and
Land Use Programme
Delivering Unconventional
Outputs

relu
Rural Economy and
Land Use Programme
Delivering Unconventional
Outputs

relu
Rural Economy and
Land Use Programme
Delivering Unconventional
Outputs

relu
Rural Economy and
Land Use Programme

Building interdisciplinarity across the
rura...
Lessons Learnt
• Embedding policy, practice and academia
within one research team reaps rewards
• Choose who you work with...
Take Home Messages
• Interdisciplinary approaches needed to tackle
key issues we face as a society
• Need an effective ‘ba...
Crossing Boundaries in Research: Critical Reflections from an Interdisciplinary Bastard
Crossing Boundaries in Research: Critical Reflections from an Interdisciplinary Bastard
Crossing Boundaries in Research: Critical Reflections from an Interdisciplinary Bastard
Crossing Boundaries in Research: Critical Reflections from an Interdisciplinary Bastard
Crossing Boundaries in Research: Critical Reflections from an Interdisciplinary Bastard
Crossing Boundaries in Research: Critical Reflections from an Interdisciplinary Bastard
Crossing Boundaries in Research: Critical Reflections from an Interdisciplinary Bastard
Crossing Boundaries in Research: Critical Reflections from an Interdisciplinary Bastard
Crossing Boundaries in Research: Critical Reflections from an Interdisciplinary Bastard
Crossing Boundaries in Research: Critical Reflections from an Interdisciplinary Bastard
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Crossing Boundaries in Research: Critical Reflections from an Interdisciplinary Bastard

  1. 1. Crossing Boundaries in Research: Critical Reflections from an Interdisciplinary Bastard Alister Scott Centre for Environment and Society Research
  2. 2. Tress et al 2005
  3. 3. Tress et al 2005
  4. 4. Managing Environmental Change at the Rural Urban Fringe 2010-2012 Alister Scott Claudia Carter, Mark Reed, Peter Larkham, Nicki Schiessel, Karen Leach, Nick Morton, Rachel Curzon David Jarvis, Andrew Hearle, Mark Middleton, Bob Forster, Keith Budden, Ruth Waters, David Collier, Chris Crean, Miriam Kennet, Richard Coles and Ben Rural Economy and Land Use Programme Stonyer relu
  5. 5. To Boldly Go… relu Rural Economy and Land Use Programme
  6. 6. Crossing academic, policy, practice and scalar divides  Birmingham City University Birmingham School of the Built Environment/BIAD  University of Aberdeen Aberdeen Centre for Environmental Sustainability           Forest Research National Farmers Union David Jarvis Associates Natural England Localise West Midlands Green Economics Institute Birmingham Environment Partnership West Midlands Rural Affairs Forum Worcestershire County Council West Midlands Regional Assembly United Research Team relu Rural Economy and Land Use Programme
  7. 7. Seeking out new ‘lenses’ • Spatial Planning and Ecosystem Approach Paradigms (lenses) • Critical thoughtpieces • PI Synthesis • Team builds new conceptual lens relu Rural Economy and Land Use Programme
  8. 8. Crossing and simplifying theoretical boundaries
  9. 9. Seeking out evidence • Visioning exercises relu Rural Economy and Land Use Programme • Workshops (Team led)
  10. 10. Delivering Unconventional Outputs relu Rural Economy and Land Use Programme
  11. 11. Delivering Unconventional Outputs relu Rural Economy and Land Use Programme
  12. 12. Delivering Unconventional Outputs relu Rural Economy and Land Use Programme
  13. 13. Delivering Unconventional Outputs relu Rural Economy and Land Use Programme
  14. 14. Delivering Unconventional Outputs relu Rural Economy and Land Use Programme
  15. 15. Delivering Unconventional Outputs relu Rural Economy and Land Use Programme Building interdisciplinarity across the rural domain
  16. 16. Lessons Learnt • Embedding policy, practice and academia within one research team reaps rewards • Choose who you work with carefully • Flexibility embedded in research method • Important for researchers to go outside comfort zone relu Rural Economy and Land Use Programme
  17. 17. Take Home Messages • Interdisciplinary approaches needed to tackle key issues we face as a society • Need an effective ‘bastard’ to lead interdisciplinary endeavours • Role of a team prepared to go outside usual silos • Are BCU structures for teaching and research enabling such approaches? relu Rural Economy and Land Use Programme

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