Should we quit our jobs? Challenges, barriers and recommendations for interdisciplinary energy research

University of Southern California, University College Dublin, National University of Ireland

Publication Release Date: Feb. 1, 2017
Date Posted: Jan. 23, 2017
Submitted by: Julian Dautremont-Smith
Sustainability Topics: Research, Energy
Content Type: Publications
Periodical Name: Energy Policy
Type: Journal Article


Many plea for a better integration of social sciences in energy research, which would imply more comprehensive interdisciplinary energy research. We argue that in order to achieve this, institutional barriers and research challenges need to be recognised and addressed. We identify six challenges and barriers, and provide recommendations for working towards solutions. We conclude that to engage in interdisciplinary research implies extra costs and fewer rewards for all researchers, particularly early and mid-career academics. We propose a new conceptualisation of practices and incentive structures among academic institutions, funding agencies, and publication outlets, and urge all energy researchers to join this debate.