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Title: Multidisciplinary research: should effort be the measure of success?
Authors: Buswell, Richard A.
Webb, Lynda H.
Mitchell, Val
Leder Mackley, Kerstin
Keywords: Energy
Project management
Multi-­‐disciplinary research
Project planning
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: © Taylor & Francis
Citation: BUSWELL. R.A. ...et al., 2017. Multidisciplinary research: should effort be the measure of success?. Building Research and Information, In Press
Abstract: Energy demand reduction and flexible demand from dwellings will play a critical role in achieving a low carbon future. There remain many unanswered questions around the interaction of people with their environment and the technical systems that service them and as a result, multidisciplinary research is a principle component of research funding internationally. There is, however, relatively little published work that considers the operational issues in undertaking epistemologically diverse, academic research projects. This paper makes a contribution by quantifying the operational effort involved in data collection on a large multidisciplinary project and connecting the operational issues encountered to knowledge production. The paper finds that cost of the data gathering to be £46,000/home and participants can give upwards of 217 hours of their time per house, engaging with data gathering activities. The rate of knowledge production is found to be approximately 3 publication/FTE over the lifetime of the project and the risk to generating interdisciplinary insights is shown to be dependent on largely unforeseeable operational issues that compound the characteristic differences in the collection of the data utilised by social and technical research communities.
Description: This paper is in closed access until 12 months after publication.
Sponsor: This paper is an output from the LEEDR: Low Effort Energy Demand Reduction project (Grant number, EP/I000267/1), funded through the RCUKs, digital Economy and Energy programmes’ TEDDI initiative.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1080/09613218.2016.1194601
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/21632
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09613218.2016.1194601
ISSN: 0182-3329
Appears in Collections:Closed Access (Design School)
Closed Access (Civil and Building Engineering)

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