To illustrate the roles that Arts, Humanities and Social Science research and creative practice can play in inter- and transdisciplinary research, we have produced short accounts of innovative research projects, funding schemes, organisations and infrastructures. These case studies can be downloaded as PDF documents.

Research project case studies
The Atlas of Holocaust Literature used a hybrid approach to interdisciplinary research

Read the SHAPE-ID case study of The Atlas of Holocaust Literature – a digital map of the Warsaw Ghetto – based on selected testimonies, which illustrates fruitful interdisciplinary cooperation between researchers from different domains: digital humanities, Holocaust studies and cartography.

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SHAPE-ID case study

Watch a video presentation of the Atlas of Holocaust Literature

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Access Atlas of Holocaust Literature project (Polish only)

Three linked arts and humanities-led projects investigated the role of chickens in daily life in the UK and Ethiopia

Read the SHAPE-ID case study on a series of arts and humanities-led research projects investigating human-chicken interactions in the UK and Ethiopia.

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SHAPE-ID case study

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Project website: Cultural and scientific perceptions of human-chickens interactions website

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Project website: Going Places – Empowering Women, Enhancing Heritage and Increasing Chicken Production in Ethiopia

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Project website: Causing a Flap: using chicken-based research to transform education, poultry production and human well-being

The SIENNA project examined the ethics of emerging technologies

Read the SHAPE-ID case study of SIENNA, an arts and humanities-led research project on ethical and legal frameworks around human genomics, human enhancement and human-machine interaction.

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SHAPE-ID case study

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SIENNA project website

SIENNA project Key Messages video

The KPLEX project developed innovative humanities approaches to big data

Read the SHAPE-ID case study of the KPLEX project, which examined how humanities and cultural researchers can deal with messy data and the implications of their approaches for big data research.

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SHAPE-ID case study

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KPLEX project website

Researchers and performers shared their knowledge in Dance Engaging Science

Read the SHAPE-ID case study about the Dance Engaging Science project, where researchers and members of the performing arts industries met to examine dance and learn from each other.

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SHAPE-ID case study

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Dance Engaging Society project website

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Dance Engaging Society workshop report

The River Time Initiative uses art and philosophy to think differently about time

Read the SHAPE-ID case study on the River Time Initiative, which invites people to consider different ways of thinking about time in relation to observation of place from the perspective of science, art, and philosophy.

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SHAPE-ID case study

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RiverTime project presentation

The RURITAGE project demonstrates how natural and cultural heritage can be used for rural regeneration

The transdisciplinary RURITAGE project turns rural areas into laboratories to show how natural and cultural heritage can act as engines for regeneration.

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SHAPE-ID Case Study

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RURITAGE project website

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RURITAGE monitoring platform

Research organisation case studies
The Trinity Long Room Hub has built a culture that supports inter- and transdisciplinary research

Read the SHAPE-ID institutional case study of the Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute which showcases experiences and lessons on building a culture supportive of inter- and transdisciplinary research.

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SHAPE-ID case study

Listen to a longer interview with Caitriona Curtis, Executive Director of the Trinity Long Room Hub, about the Hub’s journey to building a culture of interdisciplinarity (29 mins).

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Trinity College Dublin  Interdisciplinarity for Impact workshop report

The University of Utrecht Liberal Arts and Sciences programme provides inter- and transdisciplinary education

Read the SHAPE-ID case study on the University of Utrecht Liberal Arts and Sciences Programme, where students design their individual curriculum cutting across the Humanities, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences.

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SHAPE-ID Case Study

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LAS programme website

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LAS research projects

Research funding case studies
The Arts and Humanities Research Council Science in Culture funding scheme fosters collaborative research

Read the SHAPE-ID funding case study on the UK Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Science in Culture Theme which fosters collaboration between the arts and humanities and STEM disciplines.

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SHAPE-ID case study

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About the AHRC Science in Culture funding programme

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AHRC Science in Culture theme web page

The Irish Research Council has developed innovative funding support for interdisciplinary research

Read the SHAPE-ID funding case study describing how the Irish Research Council developed innovative funding support for interdisciplinary research and encouraged Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences leadership of inter- and transdisciplinary research.

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SHAPE-ID case study

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Irish Research Council Creative Connections Synthesis Report

Research infrastructures case studies
CLARIN the European Research Infrastructure for Language Resources and Technology provides tools for researchers

Read the SHAPE-ID infrastructure case study on CLARIN, the European Research Infrastructure for Language Resources and Technology which provides the arts, humanities and social sciences with tools for transdisciplinary research.

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SHAPE-ID case study

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CLARIN website

CLARIN video lectures

DARIAH the European Research Infrastructure Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities provides tools for researchers

Read the SHAPE-ID infrastructure case study on DARIAH, the European Research Infrastructure Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities which provides ICT tools for transdisciplinary research in the arts and humanities.

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SHAPE-ID case study

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DARIAH website

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DARIAH campus resources