When Natural met Social: A Review of Collaboration between the Natural and Social Sciences

A.R.H. Fischer, H. Tobi, A. Ronteltap

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This paper investigates the opportunities for further collaboration between the natural and social sciences. From 81 systematically identified and reviewed papers published in scientific journals, it became clear that complex situations that depend on human behaviour as well as natural processes require natural-social science collaboration. The creation of a community of collaborative natural-social science research, that learns from and can contribute to best practice across the sciences, is advocated to support natural- social science collaboration. Across disciplines, it became clear that such a community should deal with (1) difference between paradigms in the current sciences; (2) creation of skills and competences of the involved scientists; (3) scarcity of institutions sympathetic to collaborative research; and (4) the internal organization of collaborative projects
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)341-358
JournalInterdisciplinary Science Reviews
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • improving food safety
  • environmental science
  • domestic environment
  • transdisciplinary approach
  • education
  • interdisciplinarity
  • management
  • knowledge
  • systems
  • sustainability


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