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June 18, 2013

Third SHARE Policy and Practice Think Tank – 12th July 2013

Transdisciplinary Research: What, Why and How?

On Friday 12 July, the Vitae-funded SHARE (Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts Researcher Education) network presents a one-day session exploring both why and how we should and can encourage, support, and maximize the development of inter-, cross- and multi-disciplinary research. The event will be hosted by University College London and will include presentations given by academic staff at various stages of their careers, research developers, and representatives of the Research Councils.

One of the SHARE network’s priorities is the provision of support for research that transcends disciplinary boundaries both across and beyond the social sciences, arts and humanities. We are especially keen to develop innovative ways of promoting and facilitating this type of work among post-graduate researchers, especially in terms of supporting their novel application of non-traditional methodological approaches to research within these fields. By including presentations from academics, researcher developers and representatives of the ESRC / AHRC, the event will provide an unusually broad perspective on the academic, employment, and policy impetuses for – as well as the benefits and practicalities of – this approach. We particularly aim to elucidate the potential for increased interdisciplinary and collaborative work created by the Research Councils’ move toward cross-institutional consortia and collaborative research. Case studies presented by those working on current or recent cross-disciplinary research projects will also allow participants to hear first-hand accounts of the skills required for and gained through this type of practice.

We welcome participation in this event from academics or researcher development staff of any UK university. However, it is likely to be of particular benefit to those who work within and/or currently support postgraduates in the Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts, and who either already promote or would like to learn more about supporting inter-, cross, or multi-disciplinary research.  We also welcome participation from postgraduate and early-career researchers themselves.

A provisional programme can be found at

To register for the event, please complete the application form at by Midday on Wednesday 10th July 2013.

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