Defining and evaluating the impact of cross-disciplinary conservation research

Anna C. Evely, Ioan Fazey, Xavier Lambin, Emily Lambert, Sarah Allen, Michelle Pinard

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    Abstract

    Cross-disciplinary research is advocated as a way of improving understanding of the complexity of environmental problems; cross-disciplinary projects, centres and academic institutes have increased. However, there is confusion over the nature of cross-disciplinary research. Through review of papers defining themselves as cross-disciplinary that aim to address conservation problems, and by standardizing the definition of cross-disciplinary research, it is possible to evaluate the potential research impact on peers and practitioners. When papers were reclassified by authors, those reclassified as transdisciplinary were perceived to have a greater impact on practitioners, and those reclassified as non cross-disciplinary had the greatest impact on colleagues. Having clear definitions for types of cross-disciplinary research would help establish a firm foundation, not only for improving research quality, but also for evaluating research impact. While the number of cross-disciplinary studies is increasing, cross-disciplinary research falls short of integrating disciplinary methods in much depth and does not have much impact on participants outside of academia.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)442-450
    Number of pages9
    JournalEnvironmental Conservation
    Volume37
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2010

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    Evely, A. C., Fazey, I., Lambin, X., Lambert, E., Allen, S., & Pinard, M. (2010). Defining and evaluating the impact of cross-disciplinary conservation research. Environmental Conservation, 37(4), 442-450. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0376892910000792