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The emergence of interdisciplinary knowledge in problem-focused research

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In this paper I explore the specific properties associated with the new knowledge produced by inter- or transdisciplinary research. Using my analysis of a land use planning study in the Meuse valley in The Netherlands, I argue that the process of knowledge integration requires the exercise of value judgement and that the outcomes are emergent. I also show that the selection of a boundary object as objective facilitates interdisciplinary research because it is shared amongst disciplines and because it necessitates judgement in its implementation.
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Keywords: boundary object; emergence; interdisciplinarity; land use planning; landscape quality

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2009-12-01

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