NI #2: Working with disciplinary traditions with Vanesa Castán Broto and Jennifer Vanos

In this episode of the Navigating Interdisciplinarity series, Hita, Maria and Dane were joined by Vanesa Castán Broto, Professor of Climate Urbanism at the Urban Institute, The University of Sheffield; and Jennifer Vanos, Professor of Climate at Health at the School of Sustainability, Arizona State University. We talked about Jenni’s and Vanesa’s journey towards interdisciplinary research, and the idea of interdisciplinarity as an interplay of disciplinary institutions. We also touched upon balancing our passion for research with strategizing for career advancement, and ended with our guests sharing some of their epic fails in their academic journey.

Vanesa’s website:

Jenni’s website:

Dane’s website:


Castán Broto, Vanesa, Maya Gislason, and Melf-Hinrich Ehlers. 2009. “Practising Interdisciplinarity in the Interplay between Disciplines: Experiences of Established Researchers.” Environmental Science & Policy 12 (7): 922–33.

Vanos, Jennifer K., Ariane Middel, Michelle N. Poletti, and Nancy J. Selover. 2018. “Evaluating the Impact of Solar Radiation on Pediatric Heat Balance within Enclosed, Hot Vehicles.” Temperature (Austin, Tex.) 5 (3): 276–92.

We also spoke about these other books and lectures

Bogaard, Paul, ed. Harvard Lectures of Alfred North Whitehead: Philosophical Presuppositions of Science, 1924-1925. Edinburgh University Press, 2017.

Kuhn, Thomas S. The structure of scientific revolutions. University of Chicago press, 2012.

Halberstam, Judith, and Jack Halberstam. The queer art of failure. Duke University Press, 2011.

Vatn, Arild. Institutions and the Environment. Edward Elgar Publishing, 2007.