AHSS are far less involved in IDR/TDR funding schemes than STEM, even though AHSS disciplines provide promising complements to the focus of STEM disciplines by, for example, providing important context information for policy applications as well as historical and/or ethical perspectives.
By contextualising and incorporating human dimensions in IDR/TDR, AHSS can enhance the research’s relevance, legitimacy and uptake by external stakeholders.
It is also important to acknowledge the complementary power of AHSS that goes beyond contributing to – the increasingly well-funded – problem-solving research approaches. Philosophical, critical and transgressive approaches of the AHSS interrogate, critique and approach research from a different angle and thereby provide alternative ways of research framing.
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