Improving interdisciplinary collaboration in bio-economic modelling for agricultural systems

Marit Kragt, David Pannell, A. Mcvittie, A.W. Stott, B. Vosough Ahmadi, P. Wilson

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    © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. Interest in models that integrate biophysical and economic components of agri-environmental systems has increased, largely in recognition of the multiple services provided by agri-environmental systems and reflecting the complexity of 'multi-functional' agriculture. We discuss the challenges of bio-economic modelling projects where biophysical and social-science research is integrated. Specific interdisciplinary challenges arise from, for example, differences in language and system understanding between disciplines, limited rewards for interdisciplinary research in the current academic merit system, and the time demands of interdisciplinary projects. Drawing on the authors' collective experiences in developing and applying bio-economic models, we discuss ways to overcome these challenges. Important lessons for future integrated modelling projects are to invest enough time at the start of the project to align research expectations, recognising the central role of communication, and training research 'integrators' who can facilitate collaboration within interdisciplinary teams.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)217-224
    Number of pages7
    JournalAgricultural Systems
    Volume143
    Early online date21 Jan 2016
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    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2016

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    Kragt, Marit ; Pannell, David ; Mcvittie, A. ; Stott, A.W. ; Vosough Ahmadi, B. ; Wilson, P. / Improving interdisciplinary collaboration in bio-economic modelling for agricultural systems. In: Agricultural Systems. 2016 ; Vol. 143. pp. 217-224.
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