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Notes by user Mohammad Ali (Univ. New Mexico) for Population and the Environment: Analytical Demography and Applied Population Ethics

Post-meeting Reflection

This unique program allows researchers to learn by making conceptual connections between ideas and facts that are spread across different disciplines. I wanted to attend this program to see how researchers simultaneously apply the knowledge gained in one discipline to another in order to enhance their learning experience. The two days of learning during the course gave me an opportunity to look at the problems that I am interested in from a different lens than what Economics offers. The experience gained from this course made me realize that studying topics by themes is an excellent way to integrate ideas, create engaging learning experiences and producing more holistic research.

However, one of the biggest challenges of achieving an interdisciplinary environment is facilitating collaboration between departments and educators. That is where the Santa Fe Institute has and is doing a wonderful job of bringing together researchers from different areas of research and providing them opportunities to explore research questions without limiting their boundaries of curiosity. Personally, I feel that this course will help me incorporate the relationship of environment, demographics and social networks to my current research on human capital formation and early childhood development.

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