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Research and policy in ethnic relationsCompromised dynamics in a neoliberal era$
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Charles Husband

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447314899

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447314899.001.0001

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The value of research for local authorities

The value of research for local authorities

a practitioner perspective

Chapter:
(p.159) Seven The value of research for local authorities
Source:
Research and policy in ethnic relations
Author(s):

Stan Kidd

Tony Reeves

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447314899.003.0007

Written from the perspective of senior officers of a major English metropolitan authority, this chapter offers an insight into the challenge of seeking to service the needs of a diverse citizenry whilst simultaneously negotiating draconian budget cuts. In this context the need for research intelligence with instrumental utility is revealed as an absolute priority. This chapter provides a perspective on the potential cross-over of values between local authority personnel committed to ‘serving the needs and protecting the interests of our communities and the aspirations of researchers informed by a commitment to public engagement. At the same time it also painfully suggests reasons why this possibility may not easily be realised.

Keywords:   Statutory and policy context, Diverse communities, Managing ‘social cohesion’, Relevance of academic research, Instrumental utility

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