Network submission to review of research classifications

SDSN AusNZPac has made a submission to the Review of the Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), calling for the classification to be updated to better reflect sustainability and sustainable development research.

The review, undertaken jointly by the Australian Research Council, Australian Bureau of Statistics, Statistics New Zealand, and the New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, covers Type of Activity (ToA), Fields of Research (FoR), and Socio-economic Objective (SEO) classifications. It aims to ensure the research classifications reflect current practice and remain responsive to change in the sector.

One area where the current classification is highly inadequate is its inability to capture  the interdisciplinary/transdisciplinary/integrative research approaches, which are essential for addressing the complex challenges embodied in the Sustainable Development Goals.

To address this shortcoming, our submission makes the following key recommendations:

  • There needs to be a separate track for “Integrative Science”, which includes a 2-digit Integrative Science code.
  • There is need for further and more focussed consultation with the Integrative Science community on the best way to structure this code and the sub-codes that come under it.
  • Recognition for “Integrative Science” in Division 97, “Expanding Knowledge”, of the SEO codes.


Download and read the full submission