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Examples of interdisciplinary research
WSEE Example 1 - IB Subjects: ESS (Environmental systems and societies) and Economics
A student assesses the effectiveness and viability of the environmentally friendly method of "cleaner production".
He focused on a specific ceramic tile manufacturer in China, placing this local case in the context of global environmental sustainability.
He used concepts from environmental systems and societies such as “end-of-pipe protection” and “cyclonic separation”, as well as tools such as a “water balance flow diagram” and an “analysis of pollution or inefficiency” to assess the potential environmental advantages of adopting a cleaner production approach.
He also incorporated the financial tool of “net present value” (NPV) to appraise the viability of a long-term project such as pollution control.
Through his study, he convincingly demonstrated that cleaner production makes environmental as well as financial sense for companies.
WSEE Example 2 - IB Subjects: Economics, Biology, Political Science
A student studied the economic and cultural causes of infant malnutrition in the rural district of Maharashtra and considered the public health policies needed to tackle the problem.
Her wide-ranging study incorporated knowledge and concepts from a range of disciplines including economics, the humanities, biology and political science.
She developed a complex explanation of some of the causes and effects of malnutrition in this Indian state, taking into account the interconnection between low maternal literacy levels, decreased government health spending and poor child nutrition when considering elevated levels of child malnutrition.
She then applied this understanding to come up with policy recommendations.
WSEE Subject Guide and worksheets
RRS (Researcher's Reflection Space)
RPPF (Researcher's Planning and Progress Form) examples:
IB Extended Essay Guide & Timeline
Check the Extended Essay guide for specific guidance on completing the various steps in the research and writing process of the EE, and these documents:
Extended Essay Timeline, Due Dates and Assignments, Class of 2023
Deadlines for turning in various components of the Extended Essay, for IB Diploma Candidates and IB Course Students in the Class of 2023.
Presentation requirements of the extended essay
Information on formatting the extended essay, covering: word counts (what is included and what is NOT included), illustrations, tables, footnotes and endnotes, appendices and specimen materials. Covers essays submitted in November 2018 and forward (IB Guide 2018).
Required elements of the extended essay
List and description of the six required elements of the final extended essay work that is to be submitted for extended essays for November 2018 and forward (IB Guide 2018).
How to Format the Extended Essay
Tips from the IB on presenting your Extended Essay in a professional manner, with suggestions on font type and size, citations, and referencing. Includes examples showing how choices on font size and type can change the mood and tone of the text being presented.