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Sustainability 2015, 7(7), 9118-9139; doi:10.3390/su7079118

Interdisciplinarity as an Emergent Property: The Research Project “CINTERA” and the Study of Marine Eutrophication

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Department of Sociology and Political Science, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, 7491 Trondheim, Norway
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Department of Chemistry, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, 7491 Trondheim, Norway
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Centro de Investigaciones Marinas Quintay CIMARQ, Facultad de Ecologia y Recursos Naturales, Universidad Andres Bello, 2340000 Valparaiso, Chile
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Programa de Financiamiento Basal, COPAS Sur Austral, 4030000 Concepción, Chile
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Centro de Investigaciones di Ecosistemas de la Patagonia (CIEP), Coyhaique 5950000, Chile
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Instituto de Ciencias Marinas y Limnológicas, Universidad Austral de Chile, 5090000 Valdivia, Chile
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Instituto de Acuicultura, Universidad Austral de Chile and Centro de Investigación en Ecosistemas de la Patagonia-CIEP, 5480000 Puerto Montt, Chile
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Facultad de Economía y Negocios, Research Nucleus on Environmental and Resource Economics (NENRE), Universidad de Talca, 2 Norte 685 Talca, Chile
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Interdisciplinary Center in Aquaculture Research (INCAR), Universidad de Talca
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SINTEF, Aquaculture and Fisheries, P.O. Box 4760 Sluppen, NO-7465 Trondheim, Norway
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Academic Editor: Vincenzo Torretta
Received: 14 April 2015 / Revised: 1 July 2015 / Accepted: 8 July 2015 / Published: 15 July 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainability of Resources)
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Abstract

Research projects combining different disciplines are increasingly common and sought after by funding agencies looking for ways to achieve environmental, social, and economic sustainability. Creating and running a truly integrated research project that combines very different disciplines is, however, no easy task. Large-scale efforts to create interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary research efforts have reported on their experiences in trying to achieve this goal. This article shares the methods, challenges and achievements experienced by a smaller group of researchers who have developed an interdisciplinary approach based on former results of Norwegian and Chilean experiments. The project “A Cross-disciplinary Integrated Eco-system Eutrophication Research and Management Approach” (CINTERA), funded by the Research Council of Norway (RCN, project 216607), brings together the fields of political science, economics, marine biology/oceanography and marine bio-geo-chemistry to improve the understanding of marine eutrophication and its possible socio-economic impacts. CINTERA is a multidisciplinary project that evolved into an interdisciplinary project and in so doing, transformed the attitudes of participants. The transformative process was generated particularly by the need to work closely together in making the CINTERA project useful for policy-makers. View Full-Text
Keywords: multidisciplinary; interdisciplinary; transdisciplinary; eutrophication; salmon aquaculture; Chile; Norway; fjord ecosystems; planktonic communities; adaptive capacity; research project multidisciplinary; interdisciplinary; transdisciplinary; eutrophication; salmon aquaculture; Chile; Norway; fjord ecosystems; planktonic communities; adaptive capacity; research project
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Bailey, J.; Van Ardelan, M.; Hernández, K.L.; González, H.E.; Iriarte, J.L.; Olsen, L.M.; Salgado, H.; Tiller, R. Interdisciplinarity as an Emergent Property: The Research Project “CINTERA” and the Study of Marine Eutrophication. Sustainability 2015, 7, 9118-9139.

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