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Animal welfare science - Working at the interface between the natural and social sciences

V Lund, G Coleman, S Gunnarsson, MC Appleby, K Karkinen

Applied Animal Behaviour Science | ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV | Published : 2006


Animal welfare science has pioneered in interdisciplinary work in many ways. However, this work has mainly taken place among researchers from the natural sciences. This paper discusses the advantages and disadvantages of using broad interdisciplinary approaches to scientific animal welfare questions, including collaboration between the natural and social sciences. The word "interdisciplinary" has been interpreted in various ways; we discuss the conceptual framework associated with research across disciplinary boundaries on different levels. Among the advantages of such work is that it may enhance the understanding of issues and result in better problem-solving. It can also be used to obtain ..

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