Designing Interdisciplinary Research GEC&P


Course Objective

After completing this module, the student is able to:
- Understand and describe the differences between multi-, inter- and
transdisciplinary research;
- Develop an interdisciplinary research proposal that acknowledges the
possible challenges and weaknesses of interdisciplinary research;
- Implement the necessary steps to arrive at a research proposal,
including identifying adequate research questions, reviewing literature,
selecting methods and data, and providing structured discussion and
- Communicate interdisciplinary research finds to different audiences,
including policy-makers, non-governmental actors and businesses.

Course Content

This module introduces students to the challenges and opportunities of
interdisciplinary research. By discussing the differences between
mono-disciplinary approaches, multi-disciplinarity, inter-disciplinarity
and trans-disciplinarity, the module critically analyzes the theoretical
underpinnings of inter-disciplinarity in the context of global change
research. In addition to providing a meta-theoretical discussion of
doing research, the module also introduces the practical steps necessary
to develop a sound research proposal, including how to identify a
suitable interdisciplinary research question, how to choose adequate
methods, how to analyze data and how to present the findings to varying
audiences. Students work towards a draft research plan on an
interdisciplinary research question of their choice within the GEC&P

Teaching Methods


Method of Assessment

• Assignment (30%)
• Draft research project plan (70%)


Menken and Keestra 2016. An Introduction to Interdisciplinary Research.
Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.

General Information

Course Code AM_1237
Credits 6 EC
Period P5
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Science
Course Coordinator dr. E.E. Massey
Examiner prof. dr. P.H. Pattberg
Teaching Staff dr. J. Dell'Angelo
prof. dr. P.H. Pattberg

Practical Information

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