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      Growing interdisciplinary research capacity for sustainable development: Self-reported evaluation

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            Abstract

            Global challenges such as climate change, food security and human health and wellbeing disproportionately impact people from low-income countries. These challenges are complex and require an international and transdisciplinary approach to research, with research skills and expertise from different disciplines, sectors, and regions. In addressing this, a key goal of an official development assistance funded research project, Blue Communities, was to create and expand mutual interdisciplinary capacity of both United Kingdom and Southeast Asian Partners. An online survey was distributed to the participants of the Blue Communities project comprising researchers across all career stages. Participants were asked about their perceptions of the research capacity and culture of their organisation, team and self and whether they believed any aspects have changed since involvement with the project. Results were mainly positive across all aspects of research capacity but in particular from Southeast Asian respondents. The conflict between achieving research aims, building research capacity and making societal impact was evident. Institutional support is required to value these core aspects of interdisciplinary research.

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            UCL Open: Environment Preprint
            UCL Press
            13 December 2022
            Affiliations
            [1 ] School of Biological and Marine Science, University of Plymouth, Plymouth, UK
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            Author information
            https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0488-1277
            https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5123-7134
            https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8133-0498
            Article
            10.14324/111.444/000189.v1
            5e006f75-52cc-46ec-b3b2-c07d6836d35f

            This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY) 4.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/, which permits unrestricted use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

            History
            : 13 December 2022
            Funding
            UKRI NE/P021107/1 Blue Communities
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            The datasets generated during and/or analysed during the current study are available in the repository: http://Culhane, Fiona E. and Cheung, Victoria and Austen, Melanie (2022). Self-reported Change in Research Capacity Following Participation in an Interdisciplinary Research Project, 2017-2021. [Data Collection]. Colchester, Essex: UK Data Service. 10.5255/UKDA-SN-856101
            Education,Earth & Environmental sciences
            marine and coastal ecosystems,environmental sustainability,transdisciplinary,Environmental science,research culture,Sustainability,interdisciplinary

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            Date: 31 July 2023

            Handling Editor: Dr Marlos Goes

            Editorial decision: Request revision. The Handling Editor requested revisions; the article has been returned to the authors to make this revision.

            2023-07-31 15:56 UTC
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            Date: 20 December 2022

            Handling Editor: Dr Marlos Goes

            This article is a preprint article and has not been peer-reviewed. It is under consideration following submission to UCL Open: Environment for open peer review.

            2022-12-20 16:18 UTC
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