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Fairness in knowing: How should we engage with the sciences?

Holliman, Richard (2019). Fairness in knowing: How should we engage with the sciences? The Open University, Milton Keynes.

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When the Open University was founded in 1969, it established a mission for social justice that informs everything we do; to be open to people, places, methods and ideas.

Since that time, the ways that we realise our mission has continued to change. We now talk of open and engaged research, involving stakeholders, end-users and members of the public over any or all stages of a research process.

Engaged research sits at the boundary of theory and practice, of academia and wider society, at the sites where knowledge, professional practice and experiences are co-produced and exchanged.

In this inaugural lecture, I address normative, substantive and instrumental motivations for how we should continue to engage across sub-cultural boundaries with science and technology. I explore how ideas about communication and engagement in the UK are changing and argue that engagement with science and technology should have a moral imperative, to act as a route to promoting epistemic justice, or ‘fairness in knowing’.

Item Type: Other
Copyright Holders: 2019 The Open University
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)
CENTA 2015Not SetNERC (Natural Environment Research Council)
Extra Information: Inaugural lecture
Keywords: epistemic justice; fairness in knowing; engaged research
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)
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Item ID: 60416
Depositing User: Richard Holliman
Date Deposited: 03 May 2019 14:23
Last Modified: 07 May 2019 14:13
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