Available Open Access under CC-BY-NC licence. Engagement with non-academic groups and actors – such as policy-makers, industry, charities and activist groups, communities, and the public – in the co-production of knowledge and real-world impact is increasingly important in academic research. Drawing on empirical research, interdisciplinary methodologies, and broad international perspectives, this collection offers a critical examination of the liminal space of interactions between policy and research as spaces of difference and engagement, showing them to be far from apolitical.
The authors consider what, and who, are present in these encounter spaces and examine how pre-existing perceptions about differences in social identity, positionality and knowledge can affect engagement, equity and research outcomes.
Dr Sarah Hall is a Senior Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Manchester, UK
Ralitsa Hiteva is a Research Fellow at the Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex, UK
Introduction ~ Dr Sarah Marie Hall and Dr Ralitsa Hiteva;
Dwarfism Expectations ~ Dr. Erin Pritchard;
Disability Policy for Nomadic Positionings ~ Prof. Pamela Moss and Dr Michael J Prince;
"You're not from 'round here, are you?": Class and accent as opportunity and obstacle in research encounters ~ Dr Sarah Marie Hall;
A feminist retrofit: Spaces of encounter in collaborative domestic energy research ~ Prof. Gordon Waitt;
Enacting intersectionality: the academic as critic, advocate and policymaker ~Dr. JP Catungal;
Encountering "Experts" in the gender-social science-engineering nexus ~ Dr. Ralitsa Hiteva;
Participants as experts in the own lives ~ Dr. Michael Richardson;
Conclusions, key lessons and tactics: addressing social difference in spaces of engagement.