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.
“Focusing on the personhood of researchers and scholars, this collection addresses important practical and epistemological questions about knowledge construction and impact both within and outside of the academy. A valuable bookshelf addition for anyone interested in the research process and product and the relationship between them.” Gayle Letherby, Plymouth University and The University of Greenwich
Sarah Marie Hall is Senior Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Manchester
Ralitsa Hiteva is Research Fellow at the Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex
Foreword : Intersectionality in publics, policy and practice ~ Ruth Ibegbuna
Engaging with policy, practice and publics: an introduction ~ Sarah Marie Hall and Ralitsa Hiteva;
Dwarfism expectations: intersections of gender, disability and (hetero)sexuality in engagements with potential participants ~ Erin Pritchard;
'You're not from 'round here, are you?': Class, accent and dialect as opportunity and obstacle in research encounters ~ Sarah Marie Hall;
Participants as experts in their own lives: researching in post- industrial, intergenerational and post- colonial space ~ Michael Richardson
Encounter(ing) spaces and experts: negotiating stakeholder relations within infrastructure research ~ Ralitsa Hiteva
Theorising transdisciplinary research encounters: energy and Illawarra, Australia ~ Gordon Waitt
Nomadic positionings: a call for critical approaches to disability policy in Canada ~ Pamela Moss and Michael J. Prince
Critic, advocate, enforcer: the multiple roles of academics in public policy ~ John Paul Catungal
Conclusions: encountering and building on difference ~ Ralitsa Hiteva and Sarah Marie Hall