Interdisciplinary research and education have been major strengths at City for many years. In research, interdisciplinary collaborations - which occur both within and across our academic Schools - bring together different perspectives and approaches to a problem, allowing more innovative and creative solutions to be found. An interdisciplinary approach to education can similarly serve to enhance aspects of a programme where this serves the programme aims, for example by bringing together practitioners from different backgrounds or professions to work in partnership to enhance services to the public, product development or other forms of enterprise.
In 2008 a strategic decision was taken to make a significant investment in interdisciplinary activity through the establishment of six new centres, which aim to develop new educational offerings, professional training and development, research and knowledge transfer. Each of these centres has the participation of several or even all of the academic Schools, focusing on a series of themes which make a significant contribution to the University's strategic goals:
The Centre intends to become the UK leader in the teaching, research and transfer of creativity in professional practice, ranging from informatics and engineering to business and the arts.
The City Collaborative Transport Hub is a network of interdisciplinary activity at City University London centred on transport challenges.
The Centre for Information Leadership addresses the needs of today's Chief Information Officers and other senior information professionals to become 'information leaders': developing ever broader skills in delivering transformational and innovative information services in enterprises, government and society.
The focus of the Centre for Health Enterprise is on the intersection between complex systems (communities, organisations, institutions, societies) and processes of managing and promoting health and enabling collective action to improve health and care.
The Centre for Law, Justice and Journalism is the first major interdisciplinary centre in the UK to develop a broad yet focused interface between law, justice and journalism in society.
The Centre for Performance at Work helps organisations to reach optimal levels of performance and well-being through leading-edge research and practice.