Interdisciplinary Research and Environmental Law

Dave Owen

University of Maine - School of Law

Caroline Noblet

University of Maine - Economics

January 29, 2014

This article considers the involvement of environmental law researchers in interdisciplinary research. Using a survey and a series of unstructured interviews, we explore environmental law professors’ level of interest in such research; the extent of their engagement in it; and the inducements and barriers they perceive to such research. We conclude that levels of engagement in such research are probably lower than they ought to be, and we therefore recommend steps that individuals and institutions could take to facilitate more and better interdisciplinary work. More generally, we conclude that common critiques of interdisciplinary legal research rest on assumptions that are not accurate, at least for the sub-field of environmental law.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 51

Keywords: Interdisciplinary research, environmental law, collaboration,

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Date posted: January 31, 2014  

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Owen, Dave and Noblet, Caroline, Interdisciplinary Research and Environmental Law (January 29, 2014). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2387860 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2387860

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Dave Owen (Contact Author)
University of Maine - School of Law ( email )
246 Deering Avenue
Portland, ME 04102
United States
Caroline Noblet
University of Maine - Economics ( email )
Orono, ME 04469
United States
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