Challenges of Interdisciplinary Research: Reconciling Qualitative and Quantitative Methods for Understanding Human-Landscape Systems Public Deposited

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  • Interdisciplinary research has been proposed and increasingly practiced as a way to transcend the limitations of our individual disciplines, which compartmentalize and limit the production of knowledge in multiple ways. While the compartmentalized knowledge that we know as modern science has provided many breakthroughs in understanding the world, it does not seem to be a match for the many complex and wicked problems facing us in the 21st century. As many have pointed out, there is increasing recognition that most environmental issues are interdependent with social issues, which has led to increasing calls for and funding that brings together different disciplines in multi-, inter-, and/or trans-disciplinary research. Yet, the concepts and methods we bring to these efforts are primarily rooted in the disciplines that shape the way we think about the world and how we conduct research, making these interdisciplinary enterprises challenging and often frustrating.
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  • Lach, D. (2014). Challenges of Interdisciplinary Research: Reconciling Qualitative and Quantitative Methods for Understanding Human¬Landscape Systems. Environmental Management, 53(1), 88-93. doi:10.1007/s00267-013-0115-8
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