Multiple Disciplinarity in Policy Research

25 Apr 2014 12:00
25 Apr 2014 14:00

The Institute for European Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel kindly invites you to an interactive policy forum on 25 April, 12:00-14:00 on the opportunities and challenges in combining multiple disciplines in policy research, with a particular focus on ICT-related topics. Multiple disciplinary approaches are often considered necessary to solve complex and real world problems. In ICT-related projects, researchers are encouraged to address technological research problems beyond the lens of their single discipline. At the same time, researchers acknowledge the effort necessary to bridge theoretical and methodological barriers in multiple disciplinary projects. In this policy forum we reflect on factors that enable or restrict success of combining multiple disciplines in research. We invite you to join us in discussing the following questions:

  • What are optimal situations for multiple disciplinary approaches in policy research?
  • What are the right incentives for individual researchers and research communities?
  • How can projects be framed to maximise the contribution and output from each discipline involved?
  • Is there scope for greater engagement with the social sciences and humanities to enhance this research?

This policy forum is part of a small study project for the European Commission addressing key issues in the ongoing discussions concerning the role of different disciplines in ICT-related EU-funded research. Our intention is to share our reflections on a ’smart’ approach to including multiple disciplines in H2020 ICT research. In particular it attempts to bring to light the value of engagement with Digital Social Sciences and Humanities. More information can be found at

  • Chair: Jamal Shahin (Institute for European Studies)
  • Panelists: Nicole Dewandre (European Commission, DG CONNECT), Peter Burgess (Peace Research Institute Oslo and Institute for European Studies), Jonathan Cave (University of Warwick and RAND Europe), Christopher Marsden (University of Sussex), Wim Vanobberghen (iMinds-SMIT)

Registration & Venue

The policy forum starts at 12:00 and will end at approximately 14:00. A lunch will be provided between 12:00 and 12:30. Participation is free of charge and open to all but due to space limitations, registration is mandatory. Please register here.

Karel Van Miert Building
Conference Room Lisbon
Pleinlaan 5
1050 Brussels
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