These two reports consider the interdisciplinary research (IDR) landscape in the UK, and seek to complement a quantitative study published in 2015 by HEFCE and the Medical Research Council, 'Review of the UK’s interdisciplinary research'. They also complement work recently undertaken by the British Academy and the Global Research Council.
Through a combination of exploring the breadth of the UK landscape via a participant survey, interviews and workshops and in-depth exploration of particular interventions in the research landscape, we are able to reflect on the incentives and barriers present in today’s research environment and share exemplars of good practice.
The researcher’s findings highlight a range of barriers and incentives for interdisciplinary research in the UK and provide some real-world examples of ‘what works’ in supporting an IDR culture in today’s higher education research institutions. The reports set out some potential areas where different stakeholders could support the conditions that lead to interdisciplinary research emerging effectively within the UK research system while acknowledging effective processes and interventions.