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SBE 2020: Submission Detail

ID Number: 294
Title: A Potential Agenda for SBE for 2020 and Beyond
Lead Author: Lee, Matthew
Abstract: The social, behavioral, and economic sciences remain highly compartmentalized at the onset of the 21st century. Despite the fact that disciplines such as sociology, psychology, political science, geography, anthropology, archaeology, economics, law, mass communications and others share similar epistemological frameworks and analytical tools, the cross-fertilization of these disciplines is in its infancy. Even more evident is that the disciplines traditionally viewed as hard sciences such as engineering, mathematics, physics, biological sciences, and chemistry remain almost completely orthogonal to the social sciencesexcept for archaeology, physical geography, and biological anthropology. A grand challenge agenda that would be both foundational and transformative could focus on the interface and interactions between the cultural and natural environments that the hard and social sciences study in isolation, and examine these connections across multiple levels of analysis, for example from the molecular or genetic level up through broad geographic or societal scales. Hard sciences are being encouraged to include the human element (the expertise of researchers in SBE) in grant proposals. Such an agenda would benefit from more widespread applied research and the ultimate translation of this work into public policies that ameliorate human suffering and enhance quality of life.
PDF: Lee_Matthew_294.pdf

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