Interdisciplinary Research Projects

Interdisciplinary Research Projects

This searchable database contains details of pump-primed cross-discipline research projects taking place at the University of Aberdeen.

One of the main strands of our Aberdeen 2040 plan is to address urgent and wide-ranging challenges in the interdisciplinary areas of Energy Transition, Social Inclusion and Cultural Diversity, Environment and Biodiversity, Data and Artificial Intelligence, and Health, Nutrition and Wellbeing.

The wide range of projects on display here is a demonstration of some of the early-stage research being funded in these critical areas as well as the University's commitment to addressing the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals, a "blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all."

Projects undertaken in 2021 were funded by the University of Aberdeen's Scottish Funding Council allocation.

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Comparing rural attitudes to solar PV farms and windfarms in the UK

Photovoltaic solar energy has the potential to be rolled out on a larger scale than is currently the case in most of the UK, in the form of solar farms. However, little research has been carried out into the ways such farms might affect relationships with rural environments. We aim to conduct a scoping study to better understand this.

Aberdeen Digital Humanities Workshops

Through a series of workshops, this project’s goal is to enhance and build on the opportunities presented by applying computer-based technology in the field of the humanities.

Multiphysical assessment and monitoring of flooded underground coal mines for sustainable geothermal energy use

The floodwater found within the UK’s abandoned coal mines provides a significant opportunity as a source for geothermal energy. This project aims to explore the hydrological and environmental impact of geothermal exploitation, including groundwater-geothermal resource sustainability, environmental flows and river ecology.

The Spirit of Fascism in the Arts and the Prospects for Cultural Democracy (Testing a Randomised Jury Model)

This project examines the threat of fascism within rather than against democracy. Using a jury-led commissioning process, we will collect data for a collaborative ethnography, the outcomes of which will be at the centre of a multi-media multi-site exhibition entitled Domination, Courtship and Belonging: The Spirit of Fascism in the Arts.

Food proVISION through sustAinable faRming sYstems and value chains (VISIONARY)

VISIONARY wants to make a difference in food system transitions by identifying what factors underlie the path dependencies and ‘lock-ins’ in current unsustainable food systems and showing how these can be overcome.
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