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The lively process of interdisciplinarity

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Food chain research offers particular opportunities for the development of interdisciplinary problematics and approaches. For example, the issue of ‘quality’ cannot be interpreted solely from natural or from social science perspectives but rather requires a consilient and interdisciplinary vision. Suggesting a ‘ground upwards’ approach, building upon transitional objects and networks of practice and drawing upon a recently completed research project involving natural and social science research teams, this paper considers the practice and performance of interdisciplinarity as a lively process of knowledge creation that operates within what Luhmann calls ‘forums of articulation’ through which epistemologically mobile socio-natural entities are defined and explored.

Keywords: Interdisciplinarity; biodiversity; intermediate objects; quality; translation

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Department of Geography, University of Exeter, Exeter EX4 4RJ, Email:

Publication date: 2009-12-01

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