What is the role of publicly funded researchers in the 21st Century? What are their responsibilities in relation to how their research relates to the stakeholders, end-users and members of the public who will be affected by the outcomes?
These are live questions for all researchers wishing to improve the quality of their research and its social and economic impact on wider society. Within this context, culture change programmes have identified learning, support and recognition as important elements in embedding the principles, values and reflective practices of engaged research (Holliman et al., 2015).
In this half-day workshop at the University of Otago you will explore the concept of engaged research. In so doing, you will consider how engaged principles, processes and practices can apply in the context of your research.
I am much more conscious of what I am ‘giving’ to my collaborators, and how they will use the outputs of my research. With this in mind, this has enabled me to tailor my methodological design to make sure that my results are transferable to my end users. (workshop delegate, 11/04/16)
How can you extend and deepen your research practices to improve the quality of your engagement with stakeholders, end-users and other publics? How can you determine if your efforts are successful?
Holliman, R., Adams, A., Blackman, T., Collins, T., Davies, G., Dibb, S., Grand, A., Holti, R., McKerlie, F., Mahony, N. and Wissenburg, A. (2015). An Open Research University: Final Report. The Open University: Milton Keynes. Available from: http://oro.open.ac.uk/44255.
About the workshop organisers
Richard Holliman is Professor of Engaged Research at the Open University, UK. Through his teaching and engaged research he explores relationships between academic researchers and non-academic stakeholders. His interests include the interplay between digital technologies and different forms of knowledge and expertise, and how strategies and practises of engagement interplay to shape and frame contemporary research.
His publications: http://oro.open.ac.uk/view/person/rmh47.html
Nancy Longnecker is Professor of Science Communication at the University of Otago. With two decades of experience in delivery and facilitation of science engagement and research about it, her current research examines public participation in scientific research and science engagement.
Her publications: https://scholar.google.com.au/citations?user=eH2Ve5gAAAAJ&hl=en