Anthroengineering: an independent interdisciplinary field

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Berthaume, M. and Kramer, P. (2021). Anthroengineering: an independent interdisciplinary field. Interface Focus. 11 (5), p. 20200056. https://doi.org/10.1098/rsfs.2020.0056
AuthorsBerthaume, M. and Kramer, P.
AbstractIn recent decades, funding agencies, institutes and professional bodies have recognized the profound benefits of transdisciplinarity in tackling targeted research questions. However, once questions are answered, the previously abundant support often dissolves. As such, the long-term benefits of these transdisciplinary approaches are never fully achieved. Over the last several decades, the integration of anthropology and engineering through inter- and multidisciplinary work has led to advances in fields such as design, human evolution and medical technologies. The lack of formal recognition, however, of this transdisciplinary approach as a unique entity rather than a useful tool or a subfield makes it difficult for researchers to establish laboratories, secure permanent jobs, fund long-term research programmes and train students in this approach. To facilitate the growth and development and witness the long-term benefits of this approach, we propose the integration of anthropology and engineering be recognized as a new, independent field known as anthroengineering . We present a working definition for anthroengineering and examples of how anthroengineering has been used. We discuss the necessity of recognizing anthroengineering as a unique field and explore potential novel applications. Finally, we discuss the future of anthroengineering, highlighting avenues for moving the field forward.
KeywordsBiotechnology; Biophysics; Biochemistry; Bioengineering; Biomaterials; Biomedical Engineering
Year2021
JournalInterface Focus
Journal citation11 (5), p. 20200056
PublisherThe Royal Society
ISSN2042-8901
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1098/rsfs.2020.0056
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Online13 Aug 2021
Print06 Oct 2021
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Accepted07 Jul 2021
Deposited01 Sep 2021
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