Interdisciplinary Research: What are the Opportunities and Challenges?


Image credit: ‘Three Doors’ by Tim Green 

PhDs are increasingly interdisciplinary with research across subject areas and sometimes with supervisors from different departments.

Interdisciplinary research can be stimulating, ground-breaking and problem-solving. But it can be also challenging: exploring unfamiliar territories, learning new methodologies, working across multiple subject areas, supervisors from different disciplines, publication routes and your post-PhD career.

Come and share your experiences of interdisciplinary research with a panel of experienced academics and current students.

Meet your PhD peers across the university – and the drinks and food are on us.

This seminar is organised by and for Doctoral students at QMUL and the University of London


DanDr Dan McQuillan is Lecturer in Creative & Social Computing at Goldsmiths University of London. His current research focuses on the potential of citizen science for social transformation. He is co-founder of Social innovation Camp which brings together ideas, people and digital tools to prototype solutions to social problems in just 48 hours. His prior experience includes a PhD in Experimental Particle Physics, community work people with learning disabilities and mental health issues, creating Multikulti (a multilingual website run by asylum seekers & refugees), heading Amnesty International’s delegation to the UN’s Internet Governance Forum, and co-founding London. (Photo credit: Goldsmiths)

Sophie HopeDr Sophie Hope’s practice-based research investigates the relationships between art and society. Current work includes hosting dinners about art and politics in 1984; exploring physical relationships to immaterial labour and mapping inceptions of socially engaged art. She teaches in the Film, Media and Cultural Studies Department at Birkbeck, University of London.

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