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Five organizational features that enable successful interdisciplinary marine research


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Blythe, J and Cvitanovic, C ORCID: 0000-0002-2565-3396 2020 , 'Five organizational features that enable successful interdisciplinary marine research' , Frontiers in Marine Science, vol. 7, no. NOV , pp. 1-14 , doi: 10.3389/fmars.2020.539111.

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To generate innovative solutions for marine sustainability challenges, scientists, policymakers, and funders are increasingly calling for interdisciplinary research that transcends disciplinary boundaries. However, challenges associated with doing interdisciplinary research persist and undermine progress toward tackling the complex challenges faced by marine social-ecological systems. One barrier for engaging in effective interdisciplinary research is a lack of understanding about the institutional capacities that support interdisciplinary knowledge production. Based on in-depth qualitative interviews with members of the Centre for Marine Socioecology in Australia, we identify five principles that underpin effective interdisciplinary research organizations. The principles are: (1) support female leadership; (2) forge partnerships outside of academia; (3) develop impact-based performance metrics; (4) focus on long-term funding; and (5) cultivate a visible brand. Going forward, these principles could be used to inform organizational design that transforms institutional barriers into enablers of innovative interdisciplinary research for more sustainable, desirable, and equitable futures.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Blythe, J and Cvitanovic, C
Keywords: interdisciplinary research, anthropocene, sustainability, interdisciplinary institutions, institutional capacity, Australia
Journal or Publication Title: Frontiers in Marine Science
Publisher: Frontiers Research Foundation
ISSN: 2296-7745
DOI / ID Number: 10.3389/fmars.2020.539111
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Copyright 2020 Blythe and Cvitanovic. This is an open-access article distributedunder the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY)

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