Barriers and Solutions to Conducting Large International, Interdisciplinary Research Projects

Authors
Pischke, Erin C.; Knowlton, Jessie L.; Phifer, Colin C.; Gutierrez Lopez, Jose; Propato, Tamara Sofía; Eastmond, Amarella; de Souza, Tatiana Martins; Kuhlberg, Mark; Picasso Risso, Valentin; Verón, Santiago Ramón; Garcia, Carlos; Chiappe, Marta; Halvorsen, Kathleen E.
Publication Year
2017
Language
English
Format
article
Status
Published version
Description
Global environmental problems such as climate change are not bounded by national borders or scientific disciplines, and therefore require international, interdisciplinary teamwork to develop understandings of their causes and solutions. Interdisciplinary scientific work is difficult enough, but these challenges are often magnified when teams also work across national boundaries. The literature on the challenges of interdisciplinary research is extensive. However, research on international, interdisciplinary teams is nearly non-existent. Our objective is to fill this gap by reporting on results from a study of a large interdisciplinary, international National Science Foundation Partnerships for International Research and Education (NSF-PIRE) research project across the Americas. We administered a structured questionnaire to team members about challenges they faced while working together across disciplines and outside of their home countries in Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico. Analysis of the responses indicated five major types of barriers to conducting interdisciplinary, international research: integration, language, fieldwork logistics, personnel and relationships, and time commitment. We discuss the causes and recommended solutions to the most common barriers. Our findings can help other interdisciplinary, international research teams anticipate challenges, and develop effective solutions to minimize the negative impacts of these barriers to their research.
Fil: Pischke, Erin C.. Michigan Technological University; Estados Unidos
Fil: Knowlton, Jessie L.. Michigan Technological University; Estados Unidos. Wheaton College; Estados Unidos
Fil: Phifer, Colin C.. Michigan Technological University; Estados Unidos
Fil: Gutierrez Lopez, Jose. University of New Hampshire; Estados Unidos
Fil: Propato, Tamara Sofía. Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas; Argentina. Universidad de Buenos Aires; Argentina. Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Agropecuaria. Centro de Investigación de Recursos Naturales. Instituto de Clima y Agua; Argentina
Fil: Eastmond, Amarella. Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán; México
Fil: de Souza, Tatiana Martins. Conservation International; Brasil. Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro; Brasil
Fil: Kuhlberg, Mark. Laurentian University; Canadá
Fil: Picasso Risso, Valentin. University of Wisconsin; Estados Unidos. Universidad de la República; Uruguay
Fil: Verón, Santiago Ramón. Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas; Argentina. Universidad de Buenos Aires; Argentina. Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Agropecuaria. Centro de Investigación de Recursos Naturales. Instituto de Clima y Agua; Argentina
Fil: Garcia, Carlos. Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México; México
Fil: Chiappe, Marta. Universidad de la República; Uruguay
Fil: Halvorsen, Kathleen E.. Michigan Technological University; Estados Unidos
Subject
LATIN AMERICA
SOCIOECOLOGICAL SYSTEMS
SUSTAINABILITY
TEAMWORK
Otras Ciencias Biológicas
Ciencias Biológicas
CIENCIAS NATURALES Y EXACTAS
Access level
Restricted access
License
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.5/ar/
Repository
CONICET Digital (CONICET)
Institution
Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas
OAI Identifier
oai:ri.conicet.gov.ar:11336/41374