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After Urban RegenerationCommunities, policy and place$
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Peter Matthews

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447324157

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447324157.001.0001

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Translation across borders: exploring the use, relevance and impact of academic research in the policy process

Translation across borders: exploring the use, relevance and impact of academic research in the policy process

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(p.181) Twelve Translation across borders: exploring the use, relevance and impact of academic research in the policy process
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After Urban Regeneration
Author(s):

Steve Connelly

Dave Vanderhoven

Catherine Durose

Liz Richardson

Peter Matthews

Robert Rutherfoord

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447324157.003.0012

While it challenges academic research with new political and policy problems, the restructuring of citizen/state relationships coincides with growing pressure for academic research to ‘make a difference’. Drawing on four Connected Communities projects, this chapter argues that conceptualising research use as practices of translation seems fruitful. The humanities discipline of translation studies draws attention to the multiple and potentially conflicting functions of translations and the skilled, purposeful practices of translators. Their actions are shaped by institutional and communicative factors, in both academic and government spheres, which often mitigate against mutually satisfactory translation. The chapter suggests that a solution may lie in coproducing knowledge through collaboration around translation, principally through dialogue and meaning creation across the academic/policy border. Rather than dissolving differences of culture and language this demands mutual respect and the sense of a shared endeavour.

Keywords:   translation, coproduction, impact, situated practice, policy analysis

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