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Human Geography

Josephine Rekers

Senior lecturer

Human Geography

Interdisciplinary research and geography: Overcoming barriers through proximity

Author

  • Josephine Rekers
  • Teis Hansen

Summary, in English

Contributions on interdisciplinary research have so far focused on barriers to such collaborations and strategies for overcoming these. In this paper, we propose that a geographical perspective contributes to understand the formation of successful interdisciplinary research collaborations. The empirical analysis of a centre for clinical cancer research illustrates the importance of considering the role of geographical proximity to collaborators and decision-makers, as well as the co-location of excellent research groups within different fields, in overcoming barriers to interdisciplinary research. We suggest that policies aimed at stimulating lasting interdisciplinary research collaborations should take the distance between collaborators into account.

Department/s

  • CIRCLE
  • Department of Human Geography

Publishing year

2015

Language

English

Pages

242-254

Publication/Series

Science and Public Policy

Volume

42

Issue

2

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

Oxford University Press

Topic

  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
  • Human Geography

Keywords

  • interdisciplinary research
  • geography
  • proximity
  • collaboration
  • cancer research
  • two-community gap

Status

Published

Project

  • Organisational Change for Innovation and Institutional Entrepreneurship in Health-Care Systems (ICIS)

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 1471-5430