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It takes an academic village : Establishing an interdisciplinary research school and educating the first generations of PhDs

Author:
  • Barry Ness
  • Anne Jerneck
Editor:
  • Naoko Tojo
  • Bernadett Kiss
Publishing year: 2017-02-20
Language: English
Pages: 199-218
Publication/Series: Diversity in Education
Document type: Book chapter
Publisher: Lund University (Media-Tryck)

Abstract english

To better understand how to structure interdisciplinary education, there is a need to study and learn from programmes at all levels in the academic system. While considerable effort has been devoted into examining bachelor’s and master’s programmes, the challenges and rewards of doctoral programmes receive less attention. In this chapter, we present the LUCID Ph.D. research school as an example of an international, interdisciplinary programme that integrates social and natural dimensions of sustainability. First, we introduce the programme’s aims and structure. We then present the main activities to facilitate student interaction over its initial seven years of operation including a common and integrated working environment, course offerings, co-authorship, and a range of the different interdisciplinary courses, seminars and workshops that exist. Subsequently, we present and discuss the difficulties relating to the process to initiate, maintain, and improve a competitive international and interdisciplinary programme, covering the challenges of dual departmental affiliation for Ph.D. candidates, interdisciplinary knowledge production and publishing, and the ambition to foster a diverse, open and inclusive educational environment. The main message is that it takes an academic village, an extended group of dedicated and reflexive staff at different levels and departments, working together in a variety of cooperative research and education processes to develop an interdisciplinary Ph.D. programme and educate the first generations of sustainability scientists.

Keywords

  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary

Other

Published
  • ISBN: 978-91-87357-20-6
Barry Ness
E-mail: barry [dot] ness [at] lucsus [dot] lu [dot] se

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LUCSUS (Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies)

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LUCSUS (Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies)

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+46 70 259 02 57

Wrangel, 113

Wrangel, Biskopsgatan 5, Lund

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