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Mapping Engineering & Development Research Excellence in the UK: An Analysis of REF2014 Impact Case Studies

Robbins, Peter T.; Wield, David and Wilson, Gordon (2017). Mapping Engineering & Development Research Excellence in the UK: An Analysis of REF2014 Impact Case Studies. Journal of International Development, 29(1) pp. 89–105.

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For the first time, the UK research evaluation system, known as the Research Excellence Framework, considered ‘measures’ of impact in the 2014 review. Here, we focus on impact case studies that had an engineering and international development orientation. We found that writers of impact case studies commonly chose to employ an ecological modernization (economic, environmental, and social value) discourse to shape value claims. We also found that the type of engineering and international development research that appears in impact case studies tends to be high tech, best-with-best, and exclusive, rather than low tech, humanitarian, and inclusive.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
ISSN: 1099-1328
Keywords: ecological modernization; research evaluation; engineering & development
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Politics, Philosophy, Economics, Development, Geography
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
International Development & Inclusive Innovation
Item ID: 46965
Depositing User: Peter Robbins
Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2016 10:05
Last Modified: 10 Feb 2017 05:44
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