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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

SSIM903: Advanced Interdisciplinary Research Design

This module descriptor refers to the 2018/9 academic year.

Indicative Reading List

This reading list is indicative - i.e. it provides an idea of texts that may be useful to you on this module, but it is not considered to be a confirmed or compulsory reading list for this module.

A course reader will be made available via Blackboard (or equivalent VLE) as the literature in this area is expansive. Indicative resources include:  

Barry, A., Born, G. and Weszkalnys, G. (2008) Logics of interdisciplinarity. Economy and Society, 37(1): 20-49.

Brister, E. (2016). Disciplinary capture and epistemological obstacles to interdisciplinary research: Lessons from central African conservation disputes. Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences. 56:82-91

Collins, H. and R. Evans (2002) The Third Wave of Science Studies: Studies of Expertise and Experience. Sage, London.  

Delanty, G. (2001) Challenging knowledge. The university in the knowledge society. Society for Research into Higher Education and Oxford University Press, Buckingham.  

Etzkowitz, H. and L. Leydesdorff (2000) The dynamics of innovation: from national systems and “Mode 2” to a triple helix of university-industry-government relations. Research Policy 29, 109–23.  

Mäki, U. (2013). Scientific imperialism: Difficulties in definition, identification, and assessment. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science, 27, 325-339.


Nowotny, P. Scott and M. Gibbons (2001) Re-Thinking Science: Knowledge and the Public in an Age of Uncertainty. Polity Press, Cambridge.  

O’Rourke, M., Crowley, S., & Gonnerman, C. (2016). On the nature of crossdisciplinary integration: A philosophical framework. Studies in the History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, 56, 62-70.

Repko, A. (2008) Interdisciplinary Research: Process and theory. Sage, London.  

Report of the Gulbenkian Commission on the Restructuring of the Social Sciences (1996) Open the Social Sciences. Stanford University Press, Stanford.  

Taylor, P. J. (1996) Embedded statism and the social sciences: opening up to new spaces. Environment and Planning A 28, 1917–28.  

Verouden, N. van der Sanden, M. and N.Aarts (2016). ‘Silence in Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration: Not Everything Said is Relevant, Not Everything Relevant is Said’. Science as Culture, 25 (2): 264-288

Weingert, P. and N. Stehr (2000) Practising Interdisciplinarity. University of Toronto Press, Toronto