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Recommended literature on interdisciplinarity.

Adams, William, and Martin Mulligan. 2002. Decolonizing Nature: Strategies for Conservation in a Post-Colonial Era. London: Routledge.

Adams, W.M. 2007. ‘Thinking like a Human: Social Science and the Two Cultures Problem’. Oryx 41 (July): 275–76.

Bammer, G. (2013). Disciplining interdisciplinarity: Integration and implementation sciences for researching complex real-world problems. ANU Press.

Bammer, Gabriele, Michael O’Rourke, Deborah O’Connell, Linda Neuhauser, Gerald Midgley, Julie Thompson Klein, Nicola J. Grigg, et al. 2020. ‘Expertise in Research Integration and Implementation for Tackling Complex Problems: When Is It Needed, Where Can It Be Found and How Can It Be Strengthened?’ Palgrave Communications 6 (1): 1–16.

Bennett, Nathan J., Robin Roth, Sarah C. Klain, Kai Chan, Patrick Christie, Douglas A. Clark, Georgina Cullman, et al. 2017. ‘Conservation Social Science: Understanding and Integrating Human Dimensions to Improve Conservation’. Biological Conservation 205 (January): 93–108.

Bennett, Nathan J., Robin Roth, Sarah C. Klain, Kai M. A. Chan, Douglas A. Clark, Georgina Cullman, Graham Epstein, et al. 2017. ‘Mainstreaming the social sciences in conservation’. Conservation Biology 31 (1): 56–66.

Berghöfer, Uta, Julian Rode, Kurt Jax, Johannes Förster, Augustin Berghöfer, and Heidi Wittmer. 2022. ‘“Societal Relationships with Nature”: A Framework for Understanding Nature-Related Conflicts and Multiple Values’. People and Nature 4 (2): 534–48.

Boone, Christopher G., Steward T. A. Pickett, Gabriele Bammer, Kamal Bawa, Jennifer A. Dunne, Iain J. Gordon, David Hart, et al. 2020. ‘Preparing Interdisciplinary Leadership for a Sustainable Future’. Sustainability Science 15 (6): 1723–33.

Brondizio, Eduardo S., Karen O’Brien, Xuemei Bai, Frank Biermann, Will Steffen, Frans Berkhout, Christophe Cudennec, et al. 2016. ‘Re-Conceptualizing the Anthropocene: A Call for Collaboration’. Global Environmental Change 39 (July): 318–27.

Brosius, J. Peter. 2006. ‘Common Ground between Anthropology and Conservation Biology’. Conservation Biology 20 (3): 683–85.

Cabana, David, Frances Ryfield, Tasman P. Crowe, and John Brannigan. 2020. ‘Evaluating and Communicating Cultural Ecosystem Services’. Ecosystem Services 42 (April): 101085.

Campbell, Lisa M. 2005. ‘Overcoming Obstacles to Interdisciplinary Research’. Conservation Biology 19 (2): 574–77.

Chapin, Mac. 2004. ‘A Challenge to Conservationist’. WorldWatch 17 (November).

Colloff, Matthew J., Sandra Lavorel, Lorrae E. van Kerkhoff, Carina A. Wyborn, Ioan Fazey, Russell Gorddard, Georgina M. Mace, et al. 2017. ‘Transforming conservation science and practice for a postnormal world’. Conservation Biology 31 (5): 1008–17.

Cooper, Caren, and Lincoln Larson. 2020. ‘Advice for Collaborations between Natural and Social Scientists: A Response to Martin (2020)’. BioScience, March.

Craven, Dylan, Marten Winter, Konstantin Hotzel, Jitendra Gaikwad, Nico Eisenhauer, Martin Hohmuth, Birgitta König-Ries, and Christian Wirth. 2019. ‘Evolution of Interdisciplinarity in Biodiversity Science’. Ecology and Evolution 9 (12): 6744–55.

DeFries, R.S., E.C. Ellis, F.S. Chapin III, P.A. Matson, B.L. Turner II, A. Agrawal, P.J. Crutzen, C. Field, P. Gleick, P.M. Kareiva, E. Lambin, D. Liverman, E. Ostrom, P.A. Sanchez and J. Syvitski 2012 Planetary Opportunities: A Social Contract for Global Change Science to Contribute to a Sustainable Future. BioScience 62: 603-606.

Editors Nature Ecology & Evolution. 2020. ‘Black Lives Matter in Ecology and Evolution’. Nature Ecology & Evolution 4 (7): 893–94.

Eigenbrode, Sanford D., Michael O’rourke, J. D. Wulfhorst, David M. Althoff, Caren S. Goldberg, Kaylani Merrill, Wayde Morse, et al. 2007. ‘Employing Philosophical Dialogue in Collaborative Science’. BioScience 57 (1): 55–64.

Fam, Dena, Elizabeth Clarke, Rebecca Freeth, Pim Derwort, Kathleen Klaniecki, Lydia Kater-Wettstädt, Sadhbh Juarez-Bourke, et al. 2020. ‘Interdisciplinary and Transdisciplinary Research and Practice: Balancing Expectations of the “Old” Academy with the Future Model of Universities as “Problem Solvers”’. Higher Education Quarterly 74 (1): 19–34.

Fox, Helen E., Caroline Christian, J. Cully Nordby, Oliver R. W. Pergams, Garry D. Peterson, and Christopher R. Pyke. 2006. ‘Perceived Barriers to Integrating Social Science and Conservation’. Conservation Biology 20 (6): 1817–20.

Gardner, Charlie J. 2021. ‘Not Teaching What We Practice: Undergraduate Conservation Training at UK Universities Lacks Interdisciplinarity’. Environmental Conservation 48 (1): 65–70.

Guerrero, Angela, Nathan Bennett, Kerrie Wilson, Neil Carter, David Gill, Morena Mills, Christopher Ives, et al. 2018. ‘Achieving the Promise of Integration in Social-Ecological Research: A Review and Prospectus’. Ecology and Society 23 (3).

Guerry, Anne D., Stephen Polasky, Jane Lubchenco, Rebecca Chaplin-Kramer, Gretchen C. Daily, Robert Griffin, Mary Ruckelshaus, et al. 2015. ‘Natural Capital and Ecosystem Services Informing Decisions: From Promise to Practice’. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 112 (24): 7348–55.

Hakkarainen, Viola, Christopher B. Anderson, Max Eriksson, Carena J. van Riper, Andra Horcea-Milcu, and Christopher M. Raymond. 2020. ‘Grounding IPBES Experts’ Views on the Multiple Values of Nature in Epistemology, Knowledge and Collaborative Science’. Environmental Science & Policy 105 (March): 11–18.

Head, L., D. Trigger and J. Mulcock. 2005. Culture as concept and influence in environmental research and management. Conservation and Society 3(2): 251-264.

Holmes, George, Jonathan Carruthers-Jones, Graham Huggan, Eveline R. de Smalen, Katie Ritson, and Pavla Šimková. 2021. ‘Mainstreaming the Humanities in Conservation’. Conservation Biology n/a (n/a).

Holmes, H., Gregson, N., Watson, M., Buckley, A., Chiles, P., Krzywoszynska, A., & Maywin, J. (2018). Interdisciplinarity in transdisciplinary projects: circulating knowledges

Jerneck, A., l. Olsson, B. Ness, S. Anderberg, M. Baier, E. Clark, T. Hickler, A. Hornborg, A. Kronsell, E. Lovbrand, J. Persson 2011 Structuring sustainability science Sustain. Sci. 6: 69-82.

Keith, Ryan J., Lisa M. Given, John M. Martin, and Dieter F. Hochuli. 2022. ‘Collaborating with Qualitative Researchers to Co-Design Social-Ecological Studies’. Austral Ecology 47 (4): 880–88.

Knapp, Sonja, Myla F J Aronson, Ela Carpenter, Adriana Herrera-Montes, Kirsten Jung, D Johan Kotze, Frank A La Sorte, et al. 2021. ‘A Research Agenda for Urban Biodiversity in the Global Extinction Crisis’. BioScience 71 (3): 268–79.

Kouper, Inna, and Kimberly Cook. 2021. ‘Challenges in Curating Interdisciplinary Data in the Biodiversity Research Community’. Biodiversity Information Science and Standards 5 (December): e79084.

Lach, D. (2014). Challenges of interdisciplinary research: Reconciling qualitative and quantitative methods for understanding human–landscape systems. Environmental management, 53(1), 88-93.

Lang, Daniel J., Arnim Wiek, Matthias Bergmann, Michael Stauffacher, Pim Martens, Peter Moll, Mark Swilling, and Christopher J. Thomas. 2012. ‘Transdisciplinary Research in Sustainability Science: Practice, Principles, and Challenges’. Sustainability Science 7 (1): 25–43.

Ledford, Heidi. 2015. ‘How to Solve the World’s Biggest Problems’. Nature 525 (7569): 308–11.

Lélé, Sharachchandra, and Richard B. Norgaard. 2005. ‘Practicing Interdisciplinarity’. BioScience 55 (11): 967–75.[0967:PI]2.0.CO;2.

Lövbrand, Eva, Silke Beck, Jason Chilvers, Tim Forsyth, Johan Hedrén, Mike Hulme, Rolf Lidskog, and Eleftheria Vasileiadou. 2015. ‘Who Speaks for the Future of Earth? How Critical Social Science Can Extend the Conversation on the Anthropocene’. Global Environmental Change 32 (May): 211–18.

Lowe, Philip, and Jeremy Phillipson. 2006. ‘Reflexive Interdisciplinary Research: The Making of a Research Programme on the Rural Economy and Land Use’. Journal of Agricultural Economics 57 (2): 165–84.

Lowe, Philip, Jeremy Phillipson, and Katy Wilkinson. 2013. ‘Why Social Scientists Should Engage with Natural Scientists’. Contemporary Social Science 8 (3): 207–22.

Manfredo, Michael J, Jonathan Salerno, Leeann Sullivan, and Joel Berger. 2019. ‘For US Wildlife Management, Social Science Needed Now More Than Ever’. BioScience 69 (12): 960–61.

Martin, Victoria Y. 2020. ‘Four Common Problems In Environmental Social Research Undertaken by Natural Scientists’. BioScience 70 (1): 13–16.

Marzano, Mariella, David Carss, and Sandra Bell. 2006. ‘Working to Make Interdisciplinarity Work: Investing in Communication and Interpersonal Relationships’. Journal of Agricultural Economics 57 (July): 185–97.

Mascia, Michael B., J. Peter Brosius, Tracy A. Dobson, Bruce C. Forbes, Leah Horowitz, Margaret A. McKean, and Nancy J. Turner. 2003. ‘Conservation and the Social Sciences’. Conservation Biology 17 (3): 649–50.

Metzger, Norman, and Richard N. Zare. 1999. ‘Interdisciplinary Research: From Belief to Reality’. Science 283 (5402): 642–43.

Mobjörk, Malin. 2010. ‘Consulting versus Participatory Transdisciplinarity: A Refined Classification of Transdisciplinary Research’. Futures, Europe 2030: Territorial Scenarios, 42 (8): 866–73.

Moon, Katie, and Deborah Blackman. 2014. ‘A Guide to Understanding Social Science Research for Natural Scientists’. Conservation Biology: The Journal of the Society for Conservation Biology 28 (5): 1167–77.

Pooley, Simon. 2013. ‘Historians Are from Venus, Ecologists Are from Mars’. Conservation Biology 27 (6): 1481–83.

Pooley, SIMON P, J ANDREW Mendelsohn, and E J Milner-Gulland. 2014. ‘Hunting Down the Chimera of Multiple Disciplinarity in Conservation Science’. Conservation Biology 28 (1): 22–32.

Record, Sydne, Paige F. B. Ferguson, Elise Benveniste, Rose A. Graves, Vera W. Pfeiffer, Michele Romolini, Christie E. Yorke, and Ben Beardmore. 2016. ‘Graduate Students Navigating Social-Ecological Research: Insights from the Long-Term Ecological Research Network’. Ecology and Society 21 (1).

Salliou, Nicolas, Enora Bruley, Clémence Moreau, Tobias Luthe, Victor Blanco, Sandra Lavorel, and Adrienne Grêt-Regamey. 2021. ‘Game of Cruxes: Co-Designing a Game for Scientists and Stakeholders for Identifying Joint Problems’. Sustainability Science 16 (5): 1563–78.

Sandbrook, Chris, William M. Adams, Bram Büscher, and Bhaskar Vira. 2013. ‘Social Research and Biodiversity Conservation’. Conservation Biology 27 (6): 1487–90.

Sandbrook, Chris, Janet A. Fisher, George Holmes, Rogelio Luque-Lora, and Aidan Keane. 2019. ‘The Global Conservation Movement Is Diverse but Not Divided’. Nature Sustainability 2 (4): 316–23.

Sievanen, Leila, Lisa M. Campbell, and Heather M. Leslie. 2012. ‘Challenges to Interdisciplinary Research in Ecosystem-Based Management’. Conservation Biology 26 (2): 315–23.

Singleton, Benedict E, Maris Boyd Gillette, Anders Burman, and Carina Green. 2021. ‘Toward Productive Complicity: Applying “Traditional Ecological Knowledge” in Environmental Science’. The Anthropocene Review, December, 20530196211057024.

Shin, Y. A., Lacasse, K., Gross, L., & Beckage, B. (2022). How coupled is coupled human-natural systems research?. Ecology and Society, 27(3).

Stenseke, Marie, and Anne Larigauderie. 2018. ‘The Role, Importance and Challenges of Social Sciences and Humanities in the Work of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)’. Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research 31 (sup1): S10–14.

Stokland, H. B.,  Stenseke, M. & Emery, M.R. (2022). A network to enhance the contributions from the social sciences and humanities to IPBES, Ecosystems and People, 18:1, 95-98, DOI: 10.1080/26395916.2022.2034971

Strober, Myra. 2010. Interdisciplinary Conversations: Challenging Habits of Thought. Stanford: Stanford University Press.

Struebig, Matthew J., Matthew Linkie, Nicolas J. Deere, Deborah J. Martyr, Betty Millyanawati, Sally C. Faulkner, Steven C. Le Comber, et al. 2018. ‘Addressing Human-Tiger Conflict Using Socio-Ecological Information on Tolerance and Risk’. Nature Communications 9 (1): 3455.

Sullivan, Sian. 2006. ‘Elephant in the Room? Problematising “New” (Neoliberal) Biodiversity Conservation’. Forum for Development Studies 33 (1): 105–35.

Teel, Tara L., Christopher B. Anderson, Mark A. Burgman, Joshua Cinner, Douglas Clark, Rodrigo A. Estévez, Julia P. G. Jones, et al. 2018. ‘Publishing Social Science Research in Conservation Biology to Move beyond Biology’. Conservation Biology: The Journal of the Society for Conservation Biology 32 (1): 6–8.

Tengö, Maria, Eduardo S. Brondizio, Thomas Elmqvist, Pernilla Malmer, and Marja Spierenburg. 2014. ‘Connecting Diverse Knowledge Systems for Enhanced Ecosystem Governance: The Multiple Evidence Base Approach’. AMBIO 43 (5): 579–91.

Turner, Lucy M., Ramachandra Bhatta, Louise Eriander, Lena Gipperth, Kerstin Johannesson, Alin Kadfak, Iddya Karunasagar, et al. 2017. ‘Transporting Ideas between Marine and Social Sciences: Experiences from Interdisciplinary Research Programs’. Edited by Jody W. Deming. Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene 5 (March): 14.

Turnhout, Esther, Bob Bloomfield, Mike Hulme, Johannes Vogel, and Brian Wynne. 2012. ‘Listen to the Voices of Experience’. Nature 488 (7412): 454–55.

Vadrot, Alice B. M., Jens Jetzkowitz, and Lindsay C. Stringer. 2016. ‘Social Sciences: IPBES Disciplinary Gaps Still Gaping’. Nature 530 (7589): 160.

Van Rijnsoever, F. J., & Hessels, L. K. (2011). Factors associated with disciplinary and interdisciplinary research collaboration. Research policy, 40(3), 463-472.

Wilson, A. (2022). Being Interdisciplinary: Adventures in urban science and beyond. UCL Press.

Viseu, Ana. 2015. ‘Integration of Social Science into Research Is Crucial’. Nature 525 (7569): 291–291.

Wyborn, C., J. Montana, N. Kalas, S. Clement, F. Davila, N. Knowles, E. Louder, et al. 2021. ‘An Agenda for Research and Action toward Diverse and Just Futures for Life on Earth’. Conservation Biology 35 (4): 1086–97.

Wyborn, Carina, Jasper Montana, Nicole Kalas, F. Davila Cisneros, C. Clement, S. Izquierdo Tort, Natalie Knowles, Elena Louder, Madhurya Balan, and J. M. Chambers. 2020. ‘Research and Action Agenda for Sustaining Diverse and Just Futures for Life on Earth: Biodiversity Revisited’. Luc Hoffmann Institute.

Young, Juliette, and Mariella Marzano. 2010. ‘Embodied Interdisciplinarity: What Is the Role of Polymaths in Environmental Research?’ Environmental Conservation 37 (4): 373–75.