Constructing collaborative communities of researchers in the environmental domain : a case study of interdisciplinary research between legal scholars and policy analysts
Faculty of Social Sciences. Sociology
Environmental science & policy. - Oxford
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University of Antwerp
The article offers an analysis of the interactions between legal and policy science researchers within a European project on flood risk management using a Policy Arrangement Approach (PAA). While interdisciplinary research is increasingly becoming a must in environmental governance, under what conditions is cooperation possible and desirable? Our analysis shows that the PAA is not mobilized as an interdisciplinary method, but offers a framework for researchers from different disciplines to learn to work together on a subject such as flooding, requiring interdisciplinary insights. The paper shows the steps that are progressively put in place to reach a common language and reformulate issues by benefitting from each others view and approaches. The article concludes by drawing attention to new means of knowledge production relating to so-called messy or wicked problems, such as environmental issues. Within this framework, interdisciplinary work is not considered to be a pre-condition for the study, but rather the result of the research process itself. The analysis draws attention to the actual (working) conditions established to create an interdisciplinary community of flooding practices by challenging disciplinary borders.