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Institute of Advanced Study

Activity Related Publications

The Institute of Advanced Study is (amongst other things) an incubator for world class ideas and a catalyst for interdisciplinary research, within and beyond Durham University. The Institute does not hold grants or employ research staff: these conventional benchmarks of success belong to the individuals and departments which connect to and pass through the IAS ‘hub'.

The Institute's crucial role is to attract Fellows of the highest calibre to carry out their research at Durham and to work with Durham colleagues on collaborative projects. It also provides essential seed-corn funding for a wide range of inter- and intra- disciplinary research initiatives, which in turn inspire high-level publications, grant applications, research capacity building, policy engagement, and the formation of new research networks.

Noted below are publications resultant of an IAS sponsored event, please follow the links below:

Navigating Interdisciplinarity Publication - Revised 2015

'Navigating Interdisciplinarity' is an IAS workshop designed to facilitate research collaboration across disciplines. To assist others embarking upon interdisciplinary research we are making this publication freely available. We ask only that you cite the IAS/Durham as the source. Please download here.

Evaluating Interdisciplinary Research: a practical guide

A number of experts in interdisciplinary research, from UK and EU funding organisations and from a number of British Universities, participated in a workshop at Durham's Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) to compare and discuss methods of assessment and the criteria applied to interdisciplinary research (IDR), and to discuss how best to address the challenges of evaluating and re-valuing interdisciplinary research. 

From those initial discussions and ideas, these practical guidelines have been developed and are aimed at a range of audiences: research funding organisations and their advisors (nationally and internationally); journal editors; peer reviewers assessing work for book publishers, journals and other media; research users (for example policy makers); reviewers in University internal programmes (for example promotions committees).

Download a copy here or alternatively to request a hard copy please contact