Hydrological Sciences Journal
Rangecroft et al. (2021) offer a set of principles for conducting interdisciplinary research and fieldwork with participants from a hydrologist perspective. In this invited paper, I present some thoughts from a social scientist’s perspective, not to disagree with their points but to add to them. Specifically, I use my sociology background and interdisciplinary experiences to reflect on qualitative evaluative criteria, power dynamics in the scientific community, barriers to interdisciplinary research, and approaches to overcome obstacles. Individual researchers can educate themselves about other disciplines, and there are also opportunities for institutional change on the part of universities, funders, and journals to support interdisciplinary work. I am enthusiastic about the emerging hydrology–social science collaborations I am witnessing. Indeed, I hope that more of my social science colleagues will see the unlimited potential of studying water systems with hydrologists and engineers, as I have.
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Rangecroft, S., Rohse, M., Banks, E. W., Day, R., Di Baldassarre, G., Frommen, T., ... & Van Loon, A. F. (2021). Guiding principles for hydrologists conducting interdisciplinary research and fieldwork with participants. Hydrological Sciences Journal, 66(2), 214-225.