The Oxford Handbook of Interdisciplinarity (2nd edition)

ISBN : 9780198841647

Robert Frodeman; Julie Thompson Klein; Roberto Carlos Dos Santos Pacheco
656 Pages
170 x 245 mm
Pub date
Feb 2019
Oxford Handbooks
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Interdisciplinarity has become as important outside academia as within. Academics, policy makers, and the general public seek insights to help organize the vast amounts of knowledge being produced, both within research and at all levels of education. The second edition of The Oxford Handbook of Interdisciplinarity offers a thorough update of this major reference work, summarizing the latest advances within the field of inter- and transdisciplinarity. The collection is distinguished by its breadth of coverage, with chapters written by leading experts from multiple networks and organizations. The volume is edited by respected interdisciplinary scholars and supported by a prestigious advisory board to ensure the highest quality and breadth of coverage. The Oxford Handbook of Interdisciplinarity provides a synoptic overview of the current state of interdisciplinary research, education, administration and management, and of problem solving-knowledge that spans the disciplines and interdisciplinary fields. The volume negotiates the space between the academic community and society at large. Offering the most broad-based account of inter- and transdisciplinarity to date, its 47 chapters provide a snapshot of the state of knowledge integration as interdisciplinarity approaches its century mark. This second edition expands its coverage to discuss the emergence of new fields, the increase of interdisciplinary approaches within traditional disciplines and professions, new integrative approaches to education and training, the widening international presence of interdisciplinarity, its increased support in funding agencies and science-policy bodies, and the formation of several new international associations associated with interdisciplinarity. This reference book will be a valuable addition to academic libraries worldwide, important reading for members of the sciences, social sciences, and humanities engaged in interdisciplinary research and education, and helpful for administrators and policy makers seeking to improve the use of knowledge in society.


1 Introduction
2 Knowledge formations: An analytic framework
3 Typologies of interdisciplinarity: The boundary work of definition
4 The military industrial route to interdisciplinarity
5 Interdisciplinary cases and disciplinary knowledge: Epistemic challenges of interdisciplinary research
6 Physical sciences
7 Interdisciplinarity and the earth sciences: Transcending limitations of the knowledge paradigm
8 Interdisciplinarity in the biological sciences
9 Integrating the social sciences: Area studies, quantitative methods, and problem-oriented research
10 Interdisciplinary arts
11 Interdisciplining humanities: A historical overview
12 Digital humanities: The role of interdisciplinary humanities in the information age
13 A field of its own: The emergence of science and technology studies
14 Cognitive science
15 Media and communication
16 Situating feminist studies
17 Humane smart cities
18 Interdisciplinarity in ethics
19 Interdisciplinary learning: A cognitive-epistemological foundation
20 Comparing methods for cross-disciplinary research
21 Systems thinking
22 Innovation, interdisciplinarity, and creative destruction
23 Addressing wicked problems through transdisciplinary research
24 Understanding cross-disciplinary team-based research: Concepts and conceptual models from the science of team science
25 The policy sciences as a transdisciplinary approach for policy studies
26 Sustainability sciences: Political and epistemological approaches
27 Religious studies and religious practice
28 Interdisciplinarity in the fields of law, justice and criminology
29 Health research, practice and education
30 Information research on interdisciplinarity
31 Computation and simulation
32 Taming wickedness by interdisciplinary design
33 Interdisciplinarity and the institutional context of knowledge in the American research university
34 Peer review, interdisciplinarity and serendipity
35 Interdisciplinarity in research evaluation
36 The challenge of funding interdisciplinary research: A Look inside public research funding agencies
37 Interdisciplinarity and the student voice
38 Administering interdisciplinary programs
39 Interdisciplinary pedagogies in higher education
40 Doctoral student and early career academic perspectives on interdisciplinarity
41 Facilitating interdisciplinary scholars

About the author: 

Editor-in-Chief Robert Frodeman is Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Philosophy and Religion Studies at the University of North Texas. He conducts research in environmental philosophy, science and technology policy, and questions concerning interdisciplinarity. He is the author of Sustainable Knowledge: a theory of interdisciplinarity (2013), and co-author (with Adam Briggle) of Socrates Tenured: the institutions of 21st century philosophy. ; Associate Editor Julie Thompson Klein is Professor of Humanities Emerita and Faculty Fellow for Interdisciplinary Development in the Division of Research at Wayne University. She is an internationally recognized expert on interdisciplinarity and teaches interdisciplinary humanities, American cultural studies, and digital humanities. She has received the Kenneth Boulding Award for outstanding scholarship on interdisciplinarity, the Ramamoorthy & Yeh Transdisciplinary Distinguished Achievement Award, and the Science of Team Science Recognition Award. ; Roberto C. S. Pacheco is a Professor of Knowledge Engineering and Management at Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC), in Brazil. He has created and coordinated the interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Knowledge Engineering, Management and Media, called EGC/UFSC. He is also the founder of Instituto Stela, a research and innovation institute dedicated to knowledge and software engineering.

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