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DOI 10.1007/s42532-019-00018-2
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Title (Primary) Ten tips for developing the next generation of interdisciplinary socio-ecological researchers
Author Kelly, R.; Mackay, M.; Nash, K.L.; Cvitanovic, C.; Allison, E.H.; Armitage, D.; Bonn, A. ORCID logo ; Cooke, S.J.; Frusher, S.; Fulton, E.A.; Halpern, B.S.; Lopes, P.F.M.; Milner-Gulland, E.J.; Peck, M.A.; Pecl, G.T.; Stephenson, R.L.; Werner, F.
Journal Socio-Ecological Practice Research
Year 2019
Department iDiv; ESS
Volume 1
Issue 2
Page From 149
Page To 161
Language englisch
Keywords Collaborative research; Early career researcher; Interdisciplinary research (IDR); Socio-ecological challenges

Interdisciplinary research and collaborations are essential to disentangle complex and wicked global socio-ecological challenges. However, institutional structures and practices to support interdisciplinary research are still developing and a shared understanding on how best to develop effective interdisciplinary researchers (particularly at early career stages) is lacking. Barriers to interdisciplinary approaches, which include diverse disciplinary ‘languages’, research time constraints and limited guidance on how to achieve interdisciplinarity in practice, further challenge this understanding. To help overcome these barriers, this paper provides practical advice for early career researchers and their mentors, as well as senior researchers and lab leaders, in the form of 10 tips: ‘Develop an area of expertise’; ‘Learn new languages’; ‘Be open-minded’; ‘Be patient’; ‘Embrace complexity’; ‘Collaborate widely; ‘Push your boundaries’; ‘Consider if you will engage in interdisciplinary research’; ‘Foster interdisciplinary culture’; and ‘Champion interdisciplinary researchers’. They are presented here to empower present and future generations of interdisciplinary researchers in their endeavour to solve contemporary socio-ecological challenges worldwide.

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Kelly, R., Mackay, M., Nash, K.L., Cvitanovic, C., Allison, E.H., Armitage, D., Bonn, A., Cooke, S.J., Frusher, S., Fulton, E.A., Halpern, B.S., Lopes, P.F.M., Milner-Gulland, E.J., Peck, M.A., Pecl, G.T., Stephenson, R.L., Werner, F. (2019):
Ten tips for developing the next generation of interdisciplinary socio-ecological researchers
Socio-Ecological Practice Research 1 (2), 149 - 161