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Britta Hamann

Institution:University of Bremen
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Britta Hamann

PhD project:

Interdisciplinary knowledge practices in marine research

How can scientists respond to the growing pressure to come up with answers concerning topics like anthropogenic impacts on the marine environment, their repercussions on human well-being and the associated societal challenges? Interdisciplinarity seems to be the corresponding working principle and mode of problematization. It stands for a way of knowledge generation which draws on a range of new forms of theoretical and methodical approaches and arrangements, which – from an organizational point of view – often take place in research institutions organized by discipline.

My PhD research – a socio-anthropological study located in the field of Social Sciences of Science and Technology (STS) – focuses on interdisciplinary knowledge practices in marine research, in which scientists from natural and social sciences and/or humanities collaborate. My main focus is on the actual “doing” of interdisciplinary research and addresses questions such as: How is interdisciplinary knowledge produced, negotiated, and put into practice? How are different forms of knowledge arranged in terms of space and time? How are they (dis-)connected, hierarchized or excluded? How are different practices and forms of collaboration, experimentation and reflexivity produced in interdisciplinary research? What kind of temporalities, institutional relations and infrastructures allow for them? How could interdisciplinary knowledge practices go beyond a “nature here – culture there” in marine science?

The extensive field work includes collaboration with interdisciplinary marine research projects as well as expert interviews in the field of marine research. Two analytical and closely connected dimensions form the backbone of the qualitative data analysis: a) the production of interdisciplinary knowledge and b) interdisciplinary knowledge practices and their “entanglements” in a research environment. Describing and analysing the data within these two spheres will shed light on “doing” interdisciplinarity and contribute to feasible and sustainable concepts of interdisciplinarity for research and research practice in marine science and beyond.

Thesis committee:

Prof. Dr. Michi KnechtUniversity of Bremen
Dr. Sven BergmannUniversity of Bremen
Prof. Dr. Michael FlitnerUniversity of Bremen
Prof. Dr. Dierk HebbelnUniversity of Bremen
GLOMAR Research Theme D