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Government policies favouring research for economic returns can overlook existing strengths in arts and humanities

Gibson, Andrew and Hazelkorn, Ellen (2017) Government policies favouring research for economic returns can overlook existing strengths in arts and humanities. Impact of Social Sciences Blog (02 Oct 2017). Website.

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Abstract

There is an argument that the best way for governments to allocate resources for research is to prioritise those areas most likely to deliver economic returns. Andrew Gibson and Ellen Hazelkorn explain how, shortly after its Great Recession, Ireland prioritised research fields aligned with industrial sectors rather than disciplinary excellence or societal challenges. By starting with an orientation toward the economy and failing to evaluate the entire research base, Ireland overlooked areas of significant strength such as the arts and humanities; an oversight tellingly addressed by a later iteration of its strategy. What’s clear is that prioritisation without full evaluation can undermine wider national and societal objectives, as well as institutional and academic morale.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/
Additional Information: © 2017 The Author(s); Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Sets: Collections > Impact of Social Sciences Blog at LSE
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2017 10:48
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2020 00:47
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/85867

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