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The REF’s focus on linear and direct impact is problematic and silences certain types of research

Ní Mhurchú, Aoileann, McLeod, Laura, Collins, Stephanie and Siles-Brügge, Gabriel (2017) The REF’s focus on linear and direct impact is problematic and silences certain types of research. Impact of Social Sciences Blog (04 May 2017). Website.

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Abstract

In the last Research Excellence Framework (REF), the new element of research impact was understood in very linear and direct terms. Aoileann Ní Mhurchú, Laura McLeod, Stephanie Collins and Gabriel Siles-Brügge consider how accepted definitions of impact may have had the effect of silencing certain types of research. Research and impact should be seen as a two-way street, where academics engage with their research subjects as part of a process of co-production. Moreover, impact must be thought of as a collective endeavour that captures the broader social and cultural benefits of academic work. The Stern Review recommendations are to be welcomed but whether and how they are adopted remains to be seen.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences
Additional Information: © 2017 The Author(s) CC BY 3.0; Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
L Education > L Education (General)
Sets: Collections > Impact of Social Sciences Blog at LSE
Date Deposited: 02 Jun 2017 08:27
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2019 00:41
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/79638

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