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PICKS: Exploring Post-disciplinary knowledge in a university's urban sustainability research landscape

Johnson, C; Austwick, MZ; (2014) PICKS: Exploring Post-disciplinary knowledge in a university's urban sustainability research landscape. Sustainability (United States) , 7 (3) 160 - 169. 10.1089/SUS.2014.9789. Green open access

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Abstract

This article presents PICKS (Post dIsCiplinary Knowledge Space), a research mapping prototype developed to support cross-disciplinary research into urban sustainability. PICKS is an interactive map of researchers and their research interests, which combines self-reported and institutionally generated data within a framework that demonstrates the epistemic communities existing across the traditional disciplinary divisions. The force-directed graph visualization, prototyped both in Processing and d3.js, offers a novel way to interrogate cross-disciplinary research interests and identify potential networks for collaboration. This article outlines the development of the prototype by discussing the process of research mapping, and describes the results in the context of strengthening a cross-discipline research environment within a university. The article focuses specifically on the field of urban sustainability research, but the approach offers insights into Mode 2 research and the multidisciplinary programs that are becoming increasingly important as universities tackle the urgent questions of sustainability.

Type: Article
Title: PICKS: Exploring Post-disciplinary knowledge in a university's urban sustainability research landscape
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1089/SUS.2014.9789
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1089/SUS.2014.9789
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Bartlett School Env, Energy and Resources
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1433349
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