Valuing Interdisciplinary Collaborative ResearchBeyond Impact

Valuing Interdisciplinary Collaborative ResearchBeyond Impact

Keri Facer and Kate Pahl

Print publication date: 2017

ISBN: 9781447331605

Publisher: Policy Press


This book articulates what it is to do collaborative interdisciplinary research drawing on projects from the UK based Arts and Humanities Research Council funded Connected Communities programme. This book tells stories of the value of collaborative research between universities and communities. It offers a set of resources for people who are interested in doing interdisciplinary research across universities and communities. It provides a lexicon of key ideas that researchers might find useful when approaching this kind of work. The book aims to enhance ways of doing collaborative research in order to improve the ways in which that kind of research is practiced and understood. Nine chapters, based on particular projects, articulate this value in different ways drawing on different research paradigms. Chapters include discussions of tangible and intangible value, an articulation of performing and animation as forms of knowing, explorations of such initiatives as community evaluation, a project on the role of artists in collaborative projects and ways in which tools such as community evaluation, mapping and co-inquiry can aid communities and universities to work together. Chapters also focus on the translation of such research across borders and the legacy of such research within universities and communities. The book ends by mapping the future directions of such research.

Table of Contents


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Section 1 Understanding legacy in practice

One Weighing value: who decides what counts?

Sophie Duncan and Kim Aumann

Two Evaluating legacy: the who, what, why, when and where of evaluation for community research

Peter Matthews, Janice Astbury, Julie Brown, Laura Brown, Steve Connelly and Dave O’Brien

Three Implicit values: uncounted legacies

Julian Brigstocke, Elona Hoover, Marie Harder, Paula Graham, Sophia de Sousa, Andy Dearden, Ann Light, Theodore Zamenopoulos, Katerina Alexiou, Gemma Burford, Justine Gaubert and Colin Foskett

Four Socialising heritage/socialising legacy

Martin Bashforth, Mike Benson, Tim Boon, Lianne Brigham, Richard Brigham, Karen Brookfield, Peter Brown, Danny Callaghan, Jean-Phillipe Calvin, Richard Courtney, Kathy Cremin, Paul Furness, Helen Graham, Alex Hale, Paddy Hodgkiss, John Lawson, Rebecca Madgin, Paul Manners, David Robinson, John Stanley, Martin Swan, Jennifer Timothy and Rachael Turner

Five Performing the legacy of animative and iterative approaches to co-producing knowledge

Mihaela Kelemen, Martin Phillips, Deborah James and Sue Moffat1

Six What is the role of artists in interdisciplinary collaborative projects with universities and communities?

Kate Pahl, Hugh Escott, Helen Graham, Kimberley Marwood, Steve Pool and Amanda Ravetz1

Seven Material legacies: shaping things and places through heritage

Jo Vergunst, Elizabeth Curtis, Oliver Davis, Robert Johnston, Helen Graham and Colin Shepherd

Eight Translation across borders: connecting the academic and policy communities

Steve Connelly, Dave Vanderhoven, Catherine Durose, Peter Matthews, Liz Richardson and Robert Rutherfoord

Section 3 Future directions

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