Policy-makers, we presume, want to solve social problems. Therefore, they select policy measures. In practice, these measures tend to trigger different reactions in society. How might a government avoid bad reactions, such as the tuition fees protests and ‘bedroom tax’ campaigns? Peter van Wijck and Bert Niemeijer present a framework which looks to align the perspectives of policymakers and […]
Disrupting implicit bias: Crowdsourced database highlights women experts in the social sciences #WomenAlsoKnowStuff
Women academics face inherent biases in the profession that limit career progression and influence. Emily Beaulieu and Kathleen Searles reflect on the extent of the gender gap in political science and how we might address this gap. One example is the #WomenAlsoKnowStuff website, a searchable database of women experts which has become a rallying cry, with hundreds of expert […]
The Tough Life of an Academic Entrepreneur: Innovative commercial and non-commercial ventures must be encouraged.
Academic entrepreneurs are a valuable asset for universities. However, most academic entrepreneurs are forced to live double lives. Performance assessments rarely factor in their experimental and unconventional activities. Asit Biswas and Julian Kirchherr outline incentives needed to unleash the creative potential of scholars for the overall benefit of society.
Cheli Cresswell’s last meeting with her PhD assessors was odd. Her assessors, renowned scholars […]
“A soup of different inspirations”: Co-produced research and recognising impact as a process, not an outcome.
Co-produced research involves external partners from start to finish, builds lasting relationships and is actively involved in generating impact. Yet co-production sits uncomfortably with how impact is currently understood. Rachel Pain and Ruth Raynor explore how the process of co-production has the potential to make research and its outcomes richer as collaborators pool diverse ideas, expertise and skills. Impact becomes the driving […]
Essential Guide: Eight ways research gets into Parliament
Discussions about research and policy have a tendency to be more reflective about policy-making in general, rather than focusing on the more practical aspects of how research filters through a variety of networks and into policy discussions. Sarah Foxen looks at eight specific ways research currently gets into Parliament and provides some helpful links on where to […]
Researchers agree interdisciplinary work makes an impact—but will collaboration flourish in the current environment?
According to a recent author survey, the vast majority of respondents agreed that interdisciplinary research makes an impact in their field. Tamsine O’Riordan looks at how funders, institutions and publishers can respond to meet these changing research needs. For example, dedicated publishing outlets for interdisciplinary research, whether journals or monograph series offer researchers the opportunity to receive recognition for […]
WOMID: A mentoring initiative for women working in international development aims to connect research and practice.
Balancing the early stages of a research career, while simultaneously keeping up to date with developments in the field generates some unique requirements for researchers in international development. WOMID is a new global mentoring initiative for women, facilitating mentorship between early career academics and practitioners. Alex Dorgan and Beth Harrison, who co-founded WOMID based on their own experiences of doing PhDs, explain […]
Access to information is now a frontline issue and is visible in many of today’s top news stories. Jacquelyn Gill connects the wider struggles taking place in the US for access to public television, public schools, and research. Are we at risk of giving up too quickly on the ideals of public education and publicly funded research? And what will this mean for […]
Embracing the values of publics, stakeholders and end-users enriches knowledge generation and exchange, improving the quality of research. For the principles of engaged research to become embedded in university cultures of research, however, fundamental changes are required at strategic and operational levels. Richard Holliman has been leading a programme of organisational change at the Open University to create the […]
What factors influence transparency in US local government? Population density and education levels are significant.
Increased internet access alone may not necessarily lead to higher levels of government transparency. Grichawat Lowatcharin and Charles Menifield assessed the impact of a range of factors and found that total land area, population density, percentage of minority population, educational attainment, and the council-manager form of government are all associated with higher levels of web-enabled government transparency.
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The Internet has […]
Real impact is about influence, meaning and value: Mapping contributions for a new impact agenda in the humanities.
The humanities are driven both by epistemological and normative interests in a range of topics resulting in a complex topography of the public value of the humanities. But for the most part, its diffuse knowledge and impact has been defined and restricted to inputs and outputs. David Budtz Pedersen presents an overview of a research project aiming to reveal the pathways of humanities […]
Systems of oppression operate throughout academia. For marginalized scholars, bias and systemic barriers are compounded by self-doubt and imposter syndrome. Eric Grollman argues that by daring to speak up and promote work, marginalized scholars can contribute to disrupting this systemic exclusion. Drawing on Audre Lorde, Grollman underlines that silence has never, and will never, protect us.
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Seeing Data: Visualisation design should consider how we respond to statistics emotionally as well as rationally.
Understanding data visualisations is an essential skill in today’s data-driven society. But beyond technical considerations like accuracy and consistency, what makes a good visualisation and what should researchers consider when looking to communicate complex findings? Helen Kennedy presents an overview of her research investigating the many factors affecting our engagement with visualisations.
Data are increasingly ubiquitous. They are assumed (by some) to have […]