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dc.contributor.authorMilman, Anitaen_US
dc.contributor.authorBolson, Jessicaen_US
dc.contributor.authorMarston, John M.en_US
dc.contributor.authorGodsey, Sarah E.en_US
dc.contributor.authorJones, Holly P.en_US
dc.contributor.authorWeiler, C. Susanen_US
dc.date.accessioned2017-11-02T14:03:42Z
dc.date.available2017-11-02T14:03:42Z
dc.date.issued2017-06
dc.identifier.citationAnita Milman, John M Marston, Sarah E Godsey, Jessica Bolson, Holly P Jones, C Susan Weiler. 2017. "Scholarly motivations to conduct interdisciplinary climate change research." Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences, v. 7, Issue 2, pp. 239 - 250.
dc.identifier.issn2190-6483
dc.identifier.issn2190-6491
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/2144/24689
dc.description.abstractUnderstanding and responding to today’s complex environmental problems requires collaboration that bridges disciplinary boundaries. As the barriers to interdisciplinary research are formidable, promoting interdisciplinary environmental research requires understanding what motivates researchers to embark upon such challenging research. This article draws upon research on problem choice and interdisciplinary research practice to investigate motivators and barriers to interdisciplinary climate change (IDCC) research. Results from a survey on the motivations of 526 Ph.D.-holding, early- to mid-career, self-identified IDCC scholars indicate how those scholars make decisions regarding their research choices including the role of intrinsic and extrinsic motivations and the barriers arising from the nature of interdisciplinary research and institutional structures. Climate change was not the main motivation for most respondents to become scholars, yet the majority began to study the issue because they could not ignore the problem. Respondents’ decisions to conduct IDCC research are driven by personal motivations, including personal interest, the importance of IDCC research to society, and enjoyment of interdisciplinary collaborations. Two thirds of respondents reported having encountered challenges in communication across disciplines, longer timelines while conducting interdisciplinary work, and a lack of peer support. Nonetheless, most respondents plan to conduct IDCC research in the future and will choose their next research project based on its societal benefits and the opportunity to work with specific collaborators. We conclude that focused attention to supporting intrinsic motivations, as well as removing institutional barriers, can facilitate future IDCC research.en_US
dc.format.extent239 - 250en_US
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.publisherSpringeren_US
dc.relation.ispartofJournal of Environmental Studies and Sciences
dc.subjectInterdisciplinarityen_US
dc.subjectProblem choiceen_US
dc.subjectClimate change researchen_US
dc.subjectEarly-career researchersen_US
dc.subjectMotivationsen_US
dc.subjectBarriersen_US
dc.titleScholarly motivations to conduct interdisciplinary climate change researchen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1007/s13412-015-0307-z
dc.description.embargo2031-01-01
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pubs.notesPublisher does not permit making manuscript publicen_US
pubs.organisational-groupBoston Universityen_US
pubs.organisational-groupBoston University, College of Arts & Sciencesen_US
pubs.organisational-groupBoston University, College of Arts & Sciences, Department of Archaeologyen_US
pubs.publication-statusPublisheden_US
dc.date.online2015-08-01
dc.date.online2015-08-01
dc.identifier.orcid0000-0002-1412-9695 (Marston, John M)


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