Presentation Details

The Second International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities

Interdisciplinary Research: Charting New Directions Collaboratively

Dr Anne Marshall, Dr Blythe Shepard, Bonnie Leadbeater.

There is increasing recognition of the importance of interdisciplinary research in both academic and community contexts. Incorporating knowledge and skills from multiple disciplines adds substance and credibility to research endeavours. In addition, the investigators benefit from the combined expertise of colleagues from other disciplines and settings. However, multiple and complex differences among researchers, team members, participants, and community partners raise challenges which need to be negotiated constantly and creatively. The process entails charting a new course in unfamiliar waters.
In this workshop, we discuss several issues and challenges, as well as successful strategies experienced within the context of nationally funded research involving a team of academics from different disciplines, at-risk youth, and community service agency partners. The topics to be addressed include: negotiating research roles and alliances, setting priorities, conceptualizing research design across disciplines, resolving issues of trust and validity, inclusion of marginalized participants, ethical research practices, dissemination choices, and linking research findings to policy.


Dr Anne Marshall  (Canada)
Associate Professor
Department of Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies
University of Victoria

Anne Marshall is a professor of Counselling Psychology at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada. She teaches and conducts research in the areas of cross-cultural counselling, identity, and career development.

Dr Blythe Shepard
Assistant Professor of Counselling Psychology
Department of Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies
University of Victoria (British Columbia, Canada)

Dr..Blythe Shepard is an Assistant Professor and counsellor educator at the University of Victoria. She has developed a unique approach to life-career development research, incorporating narratives, life-space mapping, possible selves, and photographs.

Bonnie Leadbeater  (Canada)
Department of Psychology
University of Victoria

Dr. Bonnie Leadbeater is a Professor in the Department of Psychology. She is Co-Director of the University of Victoria's interdisciplinary Centre for Youth and Society, which focuses on research and programs promoting resilience and youth well-being through community-research partnerships. She conducts research on peer victimization and developmental psychopathology.

  • Interdisciplinary Research
  • Collaborative Research Partnerships

(60 min. Workshop, English)