Complex real-world problems do not align neatly with academic disciplines.
Many advances in knowledge production and application depend on high-trust interdisciplinary collaborations requiring sustained interactions between academic researchers and the many other people and organisations involved in designing, making and testing systems, services and products.
Working across disciplinary boundaries is very challenging, requiring capabilities that are often ill-defined and learnt by trial and error.
With a focus on research in Multidisciplinary Research Centres, this project seeks to better understand:
We study interdisciplinary work and learning holistically at three interconnected levels:
This project builds on our earlier work researching professional learning for knowledgeable action and innovation—the outcomes of which were summarised in the book “Epistemic Fluency and Professional Education”.
We also use innovative co-design methods to co-create, test and disseminate practical resources that capture successful practice.
This research has been funded by the Australian Government through the Australian Research Council’s Discovery Project “Developing interdisciplinary expertise in universities: Learning to co-create knowledge across disciplinary boundaries in laboratories and courses" (DP200100376), 2020-2024. This research is also part of Sydney Nano Catalyst projects.