Wht is Interdisciplinary Research?

Interdisciplinarity is another term fast fading from the higher education lexicon. It was always more a feature of the discourse of higher education than of its practice; but now it is disappearing even from the language of the higher education community. Sporadic attempts have been made to breathe life back into the idea but the task is now fruitless. The world of higher education has moved on and, with it, the idea of interdisciplinarity has almost disappeared."

Ronald Barnett,
The limits of competence: Knowledge, higher education, and society. Buckingham: The society for research into higher education, and Open University Press, 1994: 126.