Authors

All authors, co-authors and group authors of i2Insights contributions are listed alphabetically by surname or group name. Clicking on a name will take you to all the contributions written by the person or group. On the ‘Advanced search’ page, under ‘Select authors (author tag),’ there is a list of authors by first name. Abbreviations used …

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Eight institutional practices to support interdisciplinary research

By Margaret Palmer, Jonathan Kramer, James Boyd, and David Hawthorne How can institutions help enhance interdisciplinary team success? We share eight practices we have developed at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) which was launched in 2011 with funding from the U.S. National Science Foundation. The center supports newly formed research teams from anywhere in …

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Partners

You can find a general introduction to the i2Insights blog on the ‘About‘ page. We welcome partnerships with relevant organisations, events and journals, whose members or contributors provide blog posts over a short or longer time. The i2Insights blog currently has one productive long-term partnership with: PopulationHealthXchange. Previous partnerships have been with: National Socio-Environmental Synthesis …

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Sharing integrated modelling practices – Part 2: How to use “patterns”?

By Sondoss Elsawah and Joseph Guillaume In part 1 of our blog posts on why use patterns, we argued for making unstated, tacit knowledge about integrated modelling practices explicit by identifying patterns, which link solutions to specific problems and their context. We emphasised the importance of differentiating the underlying concept of a pattern and a …

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Modelling is the language of scientific discovery

By Steven Gray Modeling is the language of scientific discovery and has significant implications for how scientists communicate within and across disciplines. Whether modeling the social interactions of individuals within a community in anthropology, the trade-offs of foraging behaviors in ecology, or the influence of warming ocean temperatures on circulation patterns in oceanography, the ability …

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Sharing integrated modelling practices – Part 1: Why use “patterns”?

By Sondoss Elsawah and Joseph Guillaume How can modellers share the tacit knowledge that accumulates over years of practice? In this blog post we introduce the concept of patterns and make the case for why patterns are a good candidate for transmitting the ‘know-how’ knowledge about modelling practices. We address the question of how to …

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Synthesis of knowledge about participatory modeling: How a group’s perceptions changed over time

By Rebecca Jordan How do a group’s perceptions change over time, when members across a range of institutions are brought together at regular intervals to synthesize ideas? Synthesis centers have been established to catalyze more effective cross-disciplinary research on complex problems, as described in the blog post ‘Synthesis centers as critical research infrastructure‘, by Andrew …

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Where are the stakeholders in implementation science?

By Allison Metz and Annette Boaz Should implementation science make more room for consultation, collaboration and co-creation with stakeholders? Would finding more active roles for stakeholders in implementation science be a promising approach to increasing the use of research evidence for improvements in policy and services? The goal of implementation science is to promote the …

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Citizen science and participatory modeling

By Rebecca Jordan and Steven Gray As investigators who engage the public in both modeling and research endeavors we address two major questions: Does citizen science have a place within the participatory modeling research community? And does participatory modeling have a place in the citizen science research community? Let us start with definitions. Citizen science …

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Responding to stakeholders – lessons learnt

By Klaus Hubacek and Christina Prell Being responsive to stakeholder interests and suggestions is important for successful participatory modeling. We share lessons from an exciting, five year project in the UK entitled the ‘Sustainable Uplands’. The project sought to bring together a variety of groups ranging from academics, policy makers, residents, conservationists, and different ‘end …

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Creativity in co-creation

By Annette Boaz Twenty years ago, at one of the first research workshops I held for stakeholders, a participant from the local community put up his hand and asked when we were going to start making something. I obviously looked confused so he picked up the workshop flyer and pointed to the word ‘workshop.’ “You …

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Improving health care services through Experience-based Co-design

By Glenn Robert and Annette Boaz There is lots of talk about the potential of co-creation as an approach to improving public services, but what does it actually look like (and do) in practice? We describe one specific approach that has been used extensively for improving the quality of health care services: Experience-based Co-design. Key …

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