Towards a close integration of social and natural sciences

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Title Towards a close integration of social and natural sciences
Author Coghlan, Alexandra
Publication Title Proceedings of the 11th International Coral Reef Symposium
Editor B.M. Riegl and R.E. Dodge
Year Published 2008
Place of publication USA
Publisher NOVA Southeastern University and NCRI
Abstract Interdisciplinary teams are now commonplace in natural resource research centers. The evolution from pure biologists to a systems approach with ecologists and later on, social scientists and geographers reflects our understanding that no natural environment is exempt from human impacts; to protect the natural environment we must incorporate the human dimensions within the environment. Whilst conceding that interdisciplinary research is vital to the conservation of natural resources, I review our state of knowledge on interdisciplinary research and identify several barriers to successful integration. To address these, it is necessary to first articulate and understand these barriers. Only then can they be identified as they arise between researchers and successfully overcome in order to achieve sustainable natural resource management. This paper identifies four major barriers that hinder efforts at successful integration of social and natural science. These are (i) differences in epistemology, (ii) the place and hierarchy of each science within the wider community, (iii) researcher time constraints and (iv) publication pressures. The paper also provides a list of recommendations to overcome these issues in order to guide researchers through the challenges of producing integrated, quality, outcome driven research that serve both the community and the natural environment.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.nova.edu/ncri/11icrs/proceedings.html
Copyright Statement Copyright remains with the author 2008. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. For information about this conference please refer to the conference’s website or contact the author.
Conference name International Coral Reef Symposium
Location Fort Lauderdale
Date From 2008-07-07
Date To 2008-07-11
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/38473
Date Accessioned 2011-02-01
Date Available 2013-01-14T23:50:17Z
Language en_US
Research Centre Griffith Institute For Tourism
Faculty Faculty of Science, Environment, Engineering and Technology
Subject Tourism
WWW reference http://www.nova.edu/ncri/11icrs/proceedings.html
Publication Type Conference Publications (Full Written Paper - Refereed)
Publication Type Code e1x

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