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dc.contributor.authorStephenson, Janet
dc.contributor.authorLawson, Rob
dc.contributor.authorCarrington, Gerry
dc.contributor.authorBarton, Barry
dc.contributor.authorThorsnes, Paul
dc.contributor.authorMirosa, Miranda
dc.date.available2021-03-31T23:17:08Z
dc.date.copyright2010-01
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10523/10851
dc.description.abstractThere is a rocky chasm between the promise of interdisciplinary research and successful interdisciplinary research practice. As a group of researchers from New Zealand, based in five different disciplines (consumer psychology, economics, sociology, law, engineering), we share an interest in the behaviour of energy consumers, but understand behaviour through very different lenses. Initially we were mutually baffled by our discipline-specific languages and diverse theoretical stances. Over a period of time, however, we developed ways of working together to realise the benefits of collaboration. In this paper we reflect on the differences between disciplinarity and interdisciplinarity, and discuss the practices we have adopted that support interdisciplinarity. These include the importance of trust, focusing on a problem, being aware of limits, sharing a common intellectual framework, testing ideas across the disciplines, and practicing interdisciplinarity at every level of the research project. We suggest that not all people are comfortable with interdisciplinary work, and draw parallels with Kohlberg’s ‘stages of moral development’, in that interdisciplinarians need to be ‘post-conventional’ in the sense that they do not feel bound by the conventions of their own discipline and recognise the legitimacy and value of other perspectives and methods of inquiry.en_NZ
dc.language.isoenen_NZ
dc.publisherCommon Ground Publishingen_NZ
dc.relation.ispartofThe International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Scienceen_NZ
dc.subjectInterdisciplinary Researchen_NZ
dc.subjectResearch Practiceen_NZ
dc.subjectPost-conventionalen_NZ
dc.subjectPeer Reviewen_NZ
dc.subjectEnergy Culturesen_NZ
dc.titleThe Practice of Interdisciplinarityen_NZ
dc.typeJournal Articleen_NZ
dc.date.updated2021-03-31T23:00:37Z
otago.schoolDepartment of Food Scienceen_NZ
otago.relation.issue7en_NZ
otago.relation.volume5en_NZ
dc.identifier.doiDOI: 10.18848/1833-1882/CGP/v05i07/51789en_NZ
otago.bitstream.endpage282en_NZ
otago.bitstream.startpage272en_NZ
otago.openaccessOpenen_NZ
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