Philosophy of Science 83 (3):412-433 (2016)

Michiru Nagatsu
University of Helsinki
In this article we argue for the importance of studying interdisciplinary collaborations by focusing on the role that good choice and design of model-building frameworks and strategies can play overcoming the inherent difficulties of collaborative research. We provide an empirical study of particular collaborations between economists and ecologists in resource economics. We discuss various features of how models are put together for interdisciplinary collaboration in these cases and show how the use of a coupled-model framework in this case to coordinate and combine background models from ecology and economics provided particular collaborative affordances and clear collaborative gain.
Keywords interdisciplinarity  economics  ecology  model-coupling
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DOI 10.1086/685745
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