Interdisciplinarity is crucial for analyzing, understanding, and communicating about today’s highly complex and interrelated societal issues, such as poverty, inequality, migration, climate change and pandemics, just to name a few.

Yet, while there are often good intentions to engage in interdisciplinary collaborations, they are difficult to realize. Institutions are structured in ways that often limit the kinds of collaborations that are possible, have reward systems in place that don’t value such collaborations, and sometimes the collaborators themselves reach an impasse.

In this presentation Prof. dr. Valentina Mazzucato and Dr. Lutz F. Krebs, from Maastricht University will discuss their experiences in setting up a large-scale, institution-wide interdisciplinary collaboration that led to the creation the new BSc Global Studies.

Prof. Mazzucato will reflect on her experiences leading a team of 26 academic staff in developing the interdisciplinary Bachelor program. Dr. Lutz Krebs who was part of the core team of developers and is currently the Director of the BSc Global Studies will describe how he experienced the process and is building it forward to keep all contributing faculties engaged.

In this frank presentation they will discuss the ups and the downs of the process to draw some lessons that can be of use for interdisciplinary collaborations for the CBS.
Period4 Nov 2021
Event titleCBS Gildedag Najaar 2021
Event typeSeminar
Conference number2021.2
LocationHeerlen, NetherlandsShow on map
Degree of RecognitionNational