The spaces between fields—or the “borderlands” between disciplines—represent unique opportunities for social inquiry. The Scholarly Borderlands initiative of the Social Science Research Council incubates interdisciplinary projects that ask novel questions, develop new frameworks, and find innovative answers. By convening researchers of different backgrounds, disciplines, and institutions, the initiative acts as a catalyst for dialogue, collaboration, and methodological development that produces creative scholarship and builds fresh ties within the social sciences while connecting them more robustly to work in the natural sciences and humanities.
The essays in this series represent a sample of work from the collective. Since 2017, with the support of the SSRC’s Scholarly Borderlands initiative, our collective of scholars and practitioners has been exploring an approach to research and teaching that centers waters in specific places and relationships rather than assuming that water circulates unchanged throughout the hydrosocial cycle.