There is increasing recognition from research funders, assessors and users, including policy-makers, of the importance of interdisciplinary, and indeed transdisciplinary, research to addressing key challenges facing society. Major recent innovations within the economics discipline earning Nobel prizes have already come from an interaction with psychology ie behavioural economics. The Centre for Rebuilding Macroeconomicsestablished in 2017 funded by the ESRC is founded on interdisciplinarity involving anthropologists and psychologists as well as economists.
However the traditional disciplinary organisation of academic institutions does not necessarily facilitate such interdisciplinary dialogue and recent research by the Bank of England suggests that the economics discipline in particular has significant potential for increased interdisciplinary dialogue.The wide range of interdisciplinary institutes and departments with an interest in economic systems as well as the economic departments within the London academic community presents a huge potential for catalysing innovation in economic thinking.
Experience of organising interdisciplinary research and activities suggests that building trusting relationships is crucial as researchers and analysts need to step out of the safety of their own disciplinary home. This is particularly important in early career development when individual research interests are still being formed. Informal interactions are seen as crucial to building such relationships. With a London based network, the geographical proximity of so many researchers and analysts presents huge potential for such interactions.
This event will launch this network with plenary discussions on interdisciplinary and its potential with leading thinkers in this area and a range of interdisciplinary dialogues on topics including sustainable financial systems, financial risk and resilience and industrial strategy. Finally we will discuss the future of the network.
Following the event, there will be further discussion and networking in a private room at the Coach Makers Arms across the road from the event.
Lisa is Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Exchange at the University of East London. She has worked at the interface between interdisciplinary scholarship and … Read more
Angus is the Director of Rebuilding Macroeconomics Network at the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR). He was formerly a Managing Director at … Read more
Arthur is a research economist at the Bank of England working at the interface of economics and techniques borrowed from science, including machine learning and … Read more
After studying fine art at 6 of the best known art schools in London in the 1980’s, Andrew worked and exhibited as an artist before … Read more
Christine is Professor of Management Economics and Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. She received her PhD in Economics from the University of Cambridge. … Read more
John is Emeritus Professor of Design at Goldsmiths, University of London and Professor of Practice at Swansea College of Art, UWTSD. In the early 1970’s … Read more
Francesca is a Professor of Applied Economics and Finance at the University College London (UCL). From 2010 she is the Director of the UCL QASER … Read more
Henry Leveson Gower
Henry is Founder and Chief Executive of Promoting Economic Pluralism and editor of The Mint. He has been a practicing pluralist economist and policy analyst … Read more