The Impact Agenda: Controversies, consequences and challenges

Katherine E. Smith, Justyna Bandola-Gill, Nasar Meer, Ellen Stewart, Richard Watermeyer

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Measuring research impact and engagement is a much debated topic in the UK and internationally. This book is the first to provide a critical review of the research impact agenda, situating it within international efforts to improve research utilisation. Using empirical data, it discusses research impact tools and processes for key groups such as academics, research funders, ‘knowledge brokers’ and research users, and considers the challenges and consequences of incentivising and rewarding particular articulations of research impact.

Ideally timed for the next REF in 2021, it draws on wide ranging qualitative data, combined with theories about the science-policy interplay and audit regimes to suggest ways to improve research impact.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationGreat Britain
PublisherPolicy Press
Number of pages238
ISBN (Electronic)9781447339885, 9781447339861
ISBN (Print)9781447339854
Publication statusPublished - 13 May 2020

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  • SoE Centre for Higher Education Transformations


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