Interdisciplinarity and Research on Local Issues: Evidence from a Developing Country

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Diego Andrés Chavarro

University of Sussex - Science and Technology Policy Research Unit (SPRU)

Puay Tang

University of Sussex

Ismael Rafols

Ingenio (CSIC-UPV), Universitat Politècnica de València; Leiden University - Centre for Science and Technology Studies; SPRU (Science Policy Research Unit), University of Sussex

Date Written: November 1, 2013

Abstract

This paper examines the role of interdisciplinarity on research pertaining to local issues. Using Colombian publications from 1991 until 2011 in the Web of Science, we investigate the relationship between the degree of interdisciplinarity and the local orientation of the articles. We find that a higher degree of interdisciplinarity in a publication is associated with a greater emphasis on local issues. In particular, our results support the view that research that combines cognitively disparate disciplines, what we refer to as distal interdisciplinarity, is associated with more local focus of research. We discuss the policy implications of these results in the context of national research assessments targeting excellence and socio-economic impact.

Suggested Citation

Chavarro, Diego Andrés and Tang, Puay and Rafols, Ismael, Interdisciplinarity and Research on Local Issues: Evidence from a Developing Country (November 1, 2013). SWPS 2013-14, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2736855 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2736855

Diego Andrés Chavarro (Contact Author)

University of Sussex - Science and Technology Policy Research Unit (SPRU) ( email )

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Puay Tang

University of Sussex ( email )

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Brighton, Sussex BNI 9RH
United Kingdom

Ismael Rafols

Ingenio (CSIC-UPV), Universitat Politècnica de València ( email )

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València, País Valencià 46022
Spain

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SPRU (Science Policy Research Unit), University of Sussex ( email )

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