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12 February, 2018
How can research better inform development policy and practice? As interdisciplinary approach is widely seen as essential to ensure that research crosses the walls of academia and provides relevant evidence to underpin action to...
Blogs
12 February, 2018
Calls for interdisciplinary research are on the rise. Research councils increasingly want to fund it, and journals increasingly want to publish it. But the day to day practice of bringing together disciplines remains challenging...
Blogs
12 February, 2018
The Dynamic Drivers of Disease in Africa (DDDAC) project focused on diseases that pass from animals to people. It investigated the links between these diseases (known as zoonoses), ecosystems, poverty, and the influence of wider...
Blogs
9 February, 2018
Addressing the complex challenges of climate change requires pulling together expertise from different disciplines. As the manager of the Climate Impacts Research Capacity and Leadership Enhancement (CIRCLE) at the African Academy...
Blogs
30 January, 2018
As the ESPA programme comes to a close, we have embarked on an effort to reflect on all that was learned during this journey, and to capture these lessons so that can be useful to current and future programmes, funders,...
Blogs
29 January, 2018
Full disclosure: I am an unabashed advocate for interdisciplinarity. Of course I value discipline-based research and education, as well; it is just that, to me, interdisciplinarity offers incredible scope for exciting advances in...
Blogs
15 January, 2018
  For many years, academia was often considered to operate within an ivory tower, isolated from the real world and its problems. Furthermore, within this ivory tower academics carved out different rooms, building silos in...
Blogs
18 December, 2017
Chocolate lovers probably don’t want any new reasons to feel guilty about eating chocolate. But there is growing public awareness of the impact of cocoa on tropical forests, particularly in West Africa, where two-thirds of the...
Blogs
18 December, 2017
The charcoal industry is among the most important semi-formal economic sectors in Sub-Saharan Africa and a key cash income source for local households who produce it. There is a hot debate around whether income from charcoal...
Blogs
7 December, 2017
  Liz Carlile, ESPA's Communications Advisor, inteviewed Anne Nyambane of the Stockholm Environment Institute Africa Centre, based in Kenya, about how her country could apply ESPA scientific insights to development decision-making...

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