The impact blog

Maximizing the impact of academic research
  1. A Grand Challenge Initiative for social work: a call for action to the social sciences

    The Grand Challenge Initiative is an established, systematic process to champion social progress powered by science, research, and practice. It fosters and promotes innovation to identify and solve the grand challenges of our society. At a time of rapid political, economic, and societal change, as our society faces increasing poverty, inequality, isolation, and injustice, Samantha Baron sets out a Grand […]
  2. Philosophy communication is a two-way street: we learn from our publics, rather than simply teaching them

    While science communication has become a well-recognised part of scientific praxis in many other disciplines, philosophy communication remains some way behind. However, as Patrick Stokes explains, this is noticeably changing. Firstly, philosophers more often translate their academic research for the public, acting as a conduit between the scholarly literature and the wider community. But there is also a second, more […]
  3. Book Review: The Makerspace Librarian’s Sourcebook edited by Ellyssa Kroski

    With The Makerspace Librarian’s Sourcebook, editor Ellyssa Kroski offers a guide for librarians wanting to learn more about the different approaches to, challenges of, and technologies involved in makerspaces. This is an interesting, informative and fun read, writes Antony Groves, that will inspire a wide audience. This review originally appeared on LSE Review of Books and is published under a CC BY-NC-ND […]
  4. “This device is licensed”: the material and immaterial bureaucracy of academic research

    Derek Dunne draws attention to the hidden bureaucratic labour that is increasingly a part of academic life. Rather than see this as the “white noise” to be tuned out of everyday working practices, he calls for us to question the forms that are put in front of us demanding our acquiescence, whilst also locating potential sites of resistance.   “This device is […]
  5. Research should not allow the loud voice of online content production to drown out the quiet majority of internet users

    Social science research aims to record, analyse, and make sense of social mess; to observe and account for everything in a given setting. Why, then, does so much of the research carried out online refuse to do this? Harry Dyer argues that in order to understand the social uses of the internet, it is crucial that research is not focused […]