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Research in environment and health could benefit from a closer relationship with other disciplines such as economics, sociology and geography. In a lecture last week, Peter Mollinga, professor of development studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, United Kingdom, explained that interdisciplinarity is a way of addressing the complex problems of our time, such as health and water management. He added that, in recent years, significant funding has been allocated to interdisciplinary projects in low-income countries, helping them to develop innovative solutions.