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This chapter examines the value of student engagement in interdisciplinary place-based research - where the exploration of “place” assumes a central component of students’ semester research projects in an undergraduate Environmental Economics class. It considers the benefits of teaching from an interdisciplinary perspective while employing the resources of the local community as a laboratory where students engage in research linked to place - the local community, urban space or a virtual location - encouraging students to make meaningful connections between the theoretical study of local and global environmental problems and the actual observation and investigation of those challenges in real world settings. At the same time, students incorporate the perspectives offered by another discipline to demonstrate a comprehensive inquiry into current environmental challenges and policy.


MacDonald, Sean P. "From Local to Global: The Role of Interdisciplinary Place-Based Research in Teaching Environmental Economics." In Interdisciplinary Place-Based Learning in Urban Education, pp. 89-109. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, 2018. reproduced with permission of Palgrave Macmillan

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