Interdisciplinary collaboration (Crucible theme)

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The Crucible network routinely conducts its research through interdisciplinary collaboration. However, in addition to working this way, network members are committed to reflective practice, in which we explicitly observe and analyse the processes of interdisciplinary collaboration. This has included commissioning social science research as a reflexive component of specific projects, and also establishing new collaborations in an explicitly experimental manner, in order to create conditions in which interesting new forms of collaboration can be studied.

Specific projects in this theme include:

An applied outcome of this theme has been the development of re-usable facilitation methods for interdisciplinary collaboration:


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