Interdisciplinarity and industry collaboration in doctoral candidature: tensions within and between discourses

Strengers, Y 2014, 'Interdisciplinarity and industry collaboration in doctoral candidature: tensions within and between discourses', Studies in Higher Education, vol. 39, no. 4, pp. 546-559.


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Title Interdisciplinarity and industry collaboration in doctoral candidature: tensions within and between discourses
Author(s) Strengers, Y
Year 2014
Journal name Studies in Higher Education
Volume number 39
Issue number 4
Start page 546
End page 559
Total pages 14
Publisher Routledge
Abstract Existing tensions within and between the discourses permeating doctoral candidature are being exacerbated by those of interdisciplinarity and industry collaboration. Drawing on the author's experience as a doctoral candidate within a cooperative research centre, this article interrogates the conflicting and challenging pressures placed on candidates and their supervisors in interdisciplinary and industry collaborative environments in the humanities, arts and social sciences. The article questions the common assumption that 'more (disciplines) is better' to address complex social, economic and environmental problems. It highlights the ways in which interdisciplinary and industry-led projects can inadvertently silo the doctoral candidate and the problem to be 'solved' within dominant ontological, epistemological and political frameworks. The article calls on supervisors and candidates to adopt the role of negotiators and translators in complex research relationships. It concludes that in some cases, discipline-specific, independent research may provide the novel and innovative answers required to address 'real-world' problems.
Subject Higher Education
Sociology and Social Studies of Science and Technology
Social Change
Keyword(s) Interdisciplinarity
doctoral candidature
doctoral supervision
industry collaboration
doctoral education
discourse
DOI - identifier 10.1080/03075079.2012.709498
Copyright notice © 2012 Society for Research into Higher Education
ISSN 0307-5079
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