A new report by Lord Stern raises criticisms about the treatment of interdisciplinarity by the UK system of research evaluation (RAE)

‘The disciplinary “silos” embedded in the Unit of Assessment panel’ have meant that interdisciplinary research is often ‘regarded less favourably than mono-disciplinary research’, Stern says.

The fusing of ‘research quality’ with individual performance also threatens collaborative research. Some of the most important and discipline-shifting texts in the social sciences have been produced collaboratively.’ http://www.lrb.co.uk/blog/2016/08/02/brenna-bhandar/the-stern-review/

Report here:

Stern, N. (2016) Building on Success and Learning from Experience. An Independent Review of the Research Excellence Framework, https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/research-excellence-framework-review

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