People & Roles

'An Interdisciplinary Dialogue' by Hearing the Voice


Interdisciplinary Dialogue PDFA Project Short by Sam Wilkinson and David Smailes

Abstract: Working on an interdisciplinary project presents both opportunities and challenges for early career researchers. For example, although there might be an increased opportunity to develop truly ground-breaking research, there might be the challenge of adapting to the working practices of colleagues from other disciplines. Moreover, researchers who have backgrounds in different disciplines (e.g. humanities researchers versus science researchers) encounter different challenges and opportunities when they work in interdisciplinary settings for the first time. In this Project Short, Sam Wilkinson, Postdoctoral Fellow in Philosophy, and David Smailes, Postdoctoral Research Associate in Psychology, discuss these issues.

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'The Creative Facilitator' by Hearing the Voice

The Creative FacilitatorA Project Short by Mary Robson and Angela Woods

Abstract: ‘It is often assumed that the Principal Investigator or other senior members of an interdisciplinary research project will take sole responsibility for organising and chairing research meetings and for ensuring positive group dynamics. When planning Hearing the Voice, we felt that the project as a whole could benefit from the expertise of someone specialised in creative approaches to facilitation; someone independent who could take responsibility for convening our research meetings and building the wider community of the project in ways which would harness the creative potential inherent to interdisciplinary working. This Project Short introduces the role of the Creative Facilitator, explains how it has developed and diversified over the course of the project, and suggests how it might be possibly be replicated.’

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'The Project Coordinator' by Hearing the Voice

The Project CoordinatorA Project Short by Victoria Patton

Abstract: ‘What is required in order to provide effective administrative support to and leadership in an interdisciplinary research team? This Project Short focuses on the role of the Project Coordinator at Hearing the Voice, describing the main challenges and responsibilities of the position, as well as some of the administrative systems that have been put in place in order to help manage project activities. It also seeks to provide practical advice for those looking to appoint a Project Coordinator to manage their research project and those who might be considering taking on a similar role themselves.’

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