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Working with serendipity to produce impact

Impact does not always arise as a primary objective of research. Naomi Pendle, who has been researching South Sudan’s local justice system for a decade, has had a significant impact on the World Food Programme’s warning systems for famine in the countr…

Analysts, Advocates and Applicators – Understanding and engaging with different actors in the evidence for policy movement

Superficially connecting evidence to policy might seem like singular process that brings together different actors towards a common end. However, drawing on a qualitative study of professionals in the evidence – policy field, Jasper Montana and James W…

Causality and complexity in impact statements: Is it time to rethink a one-size-fits-all approach to writing about impact?

As part of the REF assessment researchers across STEM and SSH disciplines are required to write about the impact of their research in essentially the same format. Drawing on a linguistic analysis of REF Impact statements from 2014, Andrea Bonaccorsi, h…

Paragraphs and Propositions

This cross-post forms part of a series on the “substance of the craft” of scholarly writing on Inframethodology blog at the Copenhagen Business School Library. Inspired by by Wayne Booth (co-author of The Craft of Research) and Oliver Senior (author of…

After a year of COVID-19 we can still learn from the experience of AIDS

A year on from his blogpost reflecting on what could be learned from the response to the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s, Donald Nicolson returns to his previous post to assess how, if at all, the hard learned lessons of AIDS and its social dimensions have …

A self-correcting fallacy – Why don’t researchers correct their own errors in the scientific record?

Correcting mistakes in light of new data and updating findings to reflect this is often considered to be a key characteristic of scientific research. Commenting on the ‘Loss-of-Confidence Project’, a study into self-correction amongst psychologists, Ju…

The Cycle of Decolonisation: A tool for applying anthropology to policy and practice and achieving social justice  

Anthropology as a discipline is not always one that is closely associated with social policy and directly contributing to domestic policymaking. In this post, Suriyah Bi describes how through founding The Equality Act Review, she successfully united, r…

Funding cuts undermine the global impact of research and its value as an emancipatory project

Responding to the recently announced cuts to UKRI’s research funding and Overseas Development Assistance programme, Nicky Armstrong and Evelyn Pauls, argue that these developments reflect a narrow conception of the impact of academic research on societ…