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Tools, methods and exercises

Interdisciplinary research competence self-assessment tool

Being able to effectively engage in interdisciplinary research requires a diverse set of skills. This self-assessment will provide you with a way to reflect on your competences, determine where your strengths and weaknesses are, and help you to set personal goals about competences that you may want to improve.
We have developed this tool for CUCo fellows and others. We invite you and your fellow team members to make use of this self-assessment both individually and collectively early on in the collective research journey. Fill out the self-assessment on your own and then use it as a point of departure for spurring discussion, collective reflection and action within your team.

Utrecht University: attitudes and skills for interdisciplinary learning

This rubric is insightful for understanding the attitude and skills that are key to doing interdisciplinary research. Though it includes assessment criteria, it serves beyond the purpose of assessment. At CUCo we have used it as a base for the design of our Spark learning journey and its learning goals.
“It includes seven categories which we consider as the most important for interdisciplinary learning: (1) Disciplinary grounding, (2) Perspective taking, (3) Common ground & Integration, (4) Critical Reflection (5) Collaboration, (6) Communication, (7) Adaptability and creativity. The first three are typical learning goals in interdisciplinary learning, while the last four are competencies or general academic skills that are however vital for interdisciplinary work.”

Methods & exercises


Composed by SUSPLACE Innovative Training Network

Creative methods that support new perspectives and new possibilities

We are a collective of practitioners and researchers exploring how creative methods can support deep change towards just and ecological cultures. We advocate for anti-racism and for deep sustainability whenever possible in our work and in our lives.

We are interested in how people can better access deep time perspectives, attentiveness, diversity and inclusion, complexity thinking, and expanded spheres of empathy and caring, including the ecological world.”

New Metaphors

New Metaphors has been developed by the Imaginaries Lab (led by CUCo fellow Dan Lockton). It’s is a set of 150 cards and a number of simple, fun workshop formats.

These enable idea generation and new ways of thinking about issues creatively, from specific problems within an interaction design team or organisational context, to much larger questions about our collective futures and our relationships with the planet, to personal reflection.