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Supporting excellence in engaged research

Holliman, Richard (2017). Supporting excellence in engaged research. Journal of Science Communication, 16(5) pp. 1–10.

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This paper reviews the purposes, definitions and criteria designed to embed ‘engaged research’ as a strategic priority with universities, and explores some of the challenges of implementation. Surveys of academics have shown various understandings of, and attitudes to, the practices of engaged research, but also impediments to realising the aspirations it expresses. Drawing on the experience as the academic lead for engaged research at the Open University, the author explores questions of professionalisation, for example, through training, support mechanisms and measures of recognition for engaged research. He concludes by arguing that, if done well, engaged research can promote epistemic justice.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2017 The Open University
ISSN: 1824-2049
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
An open research university: How to embed public engagement within the culture of research (RS-11-005-TB)EP/J020087/1RCUK (Research Councils UK)
Engaging opportunities: connecting young people with contemporary research and researchers (SE-12-098-RH)EP/K027786/1EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council)
Engaging Environmental Research: developing productive partnerships with end-usersNE/L002493/1NERC (Natural Environment Research Council)
Keywords: Professionalism, professional development and training; Public engagement with research; Participation and science governance; Engaged Research; Organisational Change; Epistemic Justice
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Environment, Earth and Ecosystem Sciences
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Health and Wellbeing PRA (Priority Research Area)
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Item ID: 52439
Depositing User: Richard Holliman
Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2017 10:26
Last Modified: 02 May 2019 06:15
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