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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Scotland on fire: towards a taphonomy of cremation

Burned human remains are usually the result of human agency, and cremation can tell us a huge amount about the archaeological record and the use of fire in the past. The development of a new geothermometer is a great example of an interdisciplinary approach, employing geophysical techniques and theory to answer a social science question.

Satellite meeting of UK Rice Research Consortium annual conference

In November 2021 Aberdeen hosted the 2021 annual meeting of the UK Rice Research Consortium, on the theme of Rice and Climate Change, bringing experts from the UK to form a consortium to prepare a grant proposal on Alternative Wetting and Drying.

Assessing the impact of 3D terrain data resolution on thermomechanical modelling of ice avalanches

In February 2021, an ice-rock avalanche-triggered flash flood in India killed over 200 people and destroyed two hydroelectric plants. We studied the impact of terrain data quality on the thermomechanical modelling of avalanches and discovered the reason for the event’s magnitude, with implications for future data use.

Understanding the consequences of microbial ecophysiology for soil carbon sequestration: development of a new experimental and analytical approach

Carbon sequestration is the process of capturing atmospheric carbon dioxide and may be a key element in the fight against climate change. However, the role of soil microbes in this process is poorly understood. We test the theory that improved soil conditions may lead to higher carbon sequestration.

Research Assistance for the Menstruation Research Network UK

Established in 2019, the Menstruation Research Network UK has partaken and documented a change in the discourse, policy, and media surrounding menstruation. Our aim is to grow the network and develop discourse on the various aspects surrounding menstruation.

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.

Machine learning for optimal operation of water resources systems: a feasibility study

The management of water resource systems is a complex problem where an increasing number of interests must be balanced in a sustainable manner to meet short and long-term objectives. Could a machine learning approach improve decision-making in this area?

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.

Establishment of an International Network of Practice-based Research Collaboration

The aim of this project is to establish an international network of practice-based research collaboration between SERG, a sonic arts and sound studies group in the School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture, sonADA, a sound art organisation in North East Scotland, and arthereistanbul, an art space in Istanbul, Turkey.
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