Interdisciplinary Research in Law: A Reflective Case Study with Lessons for Sustainability Researchers

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As a classic ‘wicked problem’, no single discipline can solve the sustainability crisis. Law’s contributions must therefore reflect awareness of and complement the insights from other relevant disciplines. This makes law’s contribution to sustainability research inherently interdisciplinary. Yet many legal scholars continue to regard interdisciplinary research as possibly beyond their competence, both in terms of substantive knowledge and in terms of designing, explaining and justifying their methodology.

This chapter takes a reflective practice approach to reviewing the author’s own experiences engaging in interdisciplinary legal research. It first briefly reviews the theoretical literature addressing the issues that may arise when attempting interdisciplinary research in law. It then turns to the author’s experiences, applying the theory to the author’s foray into interdisciplinary legal research. It describes both the pitfalls and the benefits of engaging in interdisciplinary research that the author has encountered.

Ultimately, the chapter is intended to encourage additional interdisciplinary research projects in law. It is hoped that the author’s reflections on her own experience may help sustainability researchers and others as they design their own projects.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInterdisciplinary Research for Sustainable Business: Perspectives of Women Business Scholars
EditorsBeate Sjafjell, Roseanne Russell, Maya Van der Velden
Place of PublicationCham
ISBN (Electronic) 978-3-031-06924-6
ISBN (Print) 978-3-031-06923-9
Publication statusPublished - 2023

Publication series

NameStrategies for Sustainability
ISSN (Print)2212-5450
ISSN (Electronic)2452-1582


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