The Mental Health and Justice Project: reflections on strong interdisciplinarity

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Abstract

This chapter explores opportunities and challenges in interdisciplinary collaborations using the Mental Health and Justice project (MHJ) as a case study. It outlines background to the project with reflections on what is meant by ‘strong interdisciplinarity’ (which I argue MHJ was an instance of), ways the project navigated scholarship versus activism and the course of the project.

My main reflections are that strongly interdisciplinary projects offer multi-faceted opportunities for outputs, influences and impacts and that tension points are inherent and require a process of dynamic balance. I suggest that theories of strong interdisciplinarity need to evolve and that MHJ achieved its original strategic aims without being entirely bound to them. Furthermore, I suggest that there was a positive phenomenon of interdisciplinary collaboration as education that I try to capture.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRoutledge Handbook of Mental Health Law
EditorsBrendan Kelly, Mary Donnelly
PublisherRoutledge
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2022

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