Interdisciplinary collaboration through Themes
Since the introduction of the University Themes in 2017, the Research Development Officers, under the guidance of Theme Directors, have run a number of internal events to encourage researchers to talk about their interests and fields of study with colleagues in other faculties to uncover common research interests and spark the conversation about potential collaborations.
One of the researchers who embraced the interdisciplinary approach is Dr Jacqueline Priego - a social psychologist whose projects span health, education and international development in Brazil, India, Mexico and the UK. Jacqueline attended the Resilience-themed lunch in March 2018, which has been organised by the University Themes. At the meeting, Jacqueline met Dr Tarek Teba from CCI and Dr Faith Taylor and Dr Carmen Solana from Science. They discovered their seemingly unrelated research areas had a lot in common, and identified common avenues for interdisciplinary collaboration.
Since then Jacqueline has collaborated with academics from other faculties on a number of funding bids; she has also guest-lectured on the Crisis and Disaster Management masters course.
The support from our research and innovation, administration and finance teams has been of paramount importance in producing these collaborations. In particular, Dr Stephanie Lasalle and Ying-Ying Cheung have been extremely supportive and encouraging of our ideas - questioning us and challenging our assumptions at just the right moment.
Jacqueline has been successful in applying for the Theme Research and Innovation Fund (TRIF) Fellowship scheme; over the next year she will participate in a range of workshops and career-enhancing events aiming to foster the next cohort of leaders in interdisciplinary research.
To find out more about opportunities for interdisciplinary research please visit the Themes pages, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.