The emergence of interdisciplinary knowledge in problem-focused research

A. Wesselink

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In this paper I explore the specific properties associated with the new knowledge produced by inter- or transdisciplinary research. Using my analysis of a land use planning study in the Meuse valley in The Netherlands, I argue that the process of knowledge integration requires the exercise of value judgement and that the outcomes are emergent. I also show that the selection of a boundary object as objective facilitates interdisciplinary research because it is shared amongst disciplines and because it necessitates judgement in its implementation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)404-413
Number of pages10
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2009


  • METIS-256434
  • IR-86534
  • Interdisciplinarity
  • boundary object
  • land use planning
  • landscape quality
  • Emergence


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