Interdisciplinary research and education have been major strengths at City, University of London 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 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 City'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 Centre for Healthcare Innovation Research brings together researchers from different disciplines across Cass Business School and the School of Health Sciences helping to improve the organisation and delivery of healthcare services.
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 City Collaborative Transport Hub is a network of interdisciplinary activity at City, University of London centred on transport challenges.
The Violence and Society Centre is interdisciplinary and international. It engages across the Social Sciences, including Sociology and Politics, and Law and Health.