Self-contained case studies teach students best practices in interdisciplinary research

Interdisciplinary research is a burgeoning field, largely due to its ability to tackle complex problems facing humanity that extend beyond a single disciplinary perspective and require interdisciplinary thinking and research for their resolution.

Case Studies in Interdisciplinary Research successfully applies the model of the interdisciplinary research process outlined by author Allen F. Repko in Interdisciplinary Research, (SAGE ©2008) to a wide spectrum of challenging research questions. Self-contained case studies, written by leaders in interdisciplinary research, and utilizing best-practice techniques in conducting interdisciplinary research shows students how to apply the interdisciplinary research process to a variety of problems.

An Interdisciplinary Analysis of the Causes of Economic Growth

With billions of people still living in poverty in the world, there is perhaps no more important question in human science than what are the causes of economic growth. Moreover, it is a very complex question, for economic growth is influenced by interactions among a host of economic, political, social, cultural, and geographical phenomena. This chapter discusses how a process for interdisciplinary research can usefully be applied to the study of economic growth. It is thus simultaneously an exploration of how to do interdisciplinary social science and how to develop a more comprehensive understanding of economic growth. It shows how a variety of distinct research programs across all social science disciplines can be integrated to enhance ...

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