Interdisciplinary Research and Environmental Law
University of Maine - School of Law
University of Maine - Economics
January 29, 2014
Ecology Law Quarterly, Vol. 41, No. 4, 2015
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 some 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: 52
Keywords: Interdisciplinary research, environmental law, collaboration
Date posted: January 31, 2014 ; Last revised: April 28, 2015
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