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Sphere of influence

Cambridge Prisms: Plastics Editor-in-Chief Steve Fletcher describes his hopes for a circular plastics economy and the opportunity to drive global policy changes ‘It’s funny how careers evolve,’ laughs Steve Fletcher.…

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Forest birds and plantations

Tropical forests harbour a very high proportion of the planet’s terrestrial biodiversity, supporting wildlife communities that are more diverse and more species-rich than any other habitat.

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Exploring interdisciplinarity in Cambridge Prisms: Plastics

We are in the midst of a biodiversity, climate, and pollution crisis for which solutions are urgently needed. As the drivers of this crisis span all aspects of society, science and technology, a shift in the evidence base used to find solutions is required. We need to move beyond traditional mono-disciplinary paths if we are to achieve the scale and urgency of change needed.  Yet how we define these new approaches is fraught with difficulty. As researchers, we are increasingly asked to work in transdisciplinary, interdisciplinary, multi-disciplinary, cross-cutting, cross-disciplinary or cross-curricular ways. These terms are often used synonymously and without much reference to their origins, meaning or the methodological or philosophical differences they imply. Despite these challenges, the adoption of research approaches that examine global challenges more holistically is critical.

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Making gratis greener

In 2020 Cambridge reviewed our policy of providing print copies to Editorial Board members of Cambridge-owned journals. In our Q&A with Ella Colvin , Director of Publishing – Journals, reflects on this project and our plans for a greener future.

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