Engaging with the public in public engagement with research

Mahony, N and Stephansen, H. 2017. Engaging with the public in public engagement with research. Research For All. 1 (1), pp. 35-51. doi:10.18546/RFA.01.1.04

TitleEngaging with the public in public engagement with research
AuthorsMahony, N and Stephansen, H.
Abstract

Though there is now growing commitment to publicly engaged research, the role and definition of the public in such processes is wide-ranging, contested, and often rather vague. This article addresses this problem by showing that, although there is no single agreed upon theory or way of being public, it is still possible and very important to develop clear, public-centric, understandings of engaged research practice. The article introduces a multi-dimensional framework based on the theoretical literature on the ‘public’, and demonstrates – in the context of a recent engaged research project – how it possible to conceptualise, design and evaluate context-specific formations of the public. Starting from an understanding of publics as mediated and dynamic entities, the article seeks to illuminate some of the choices that researchers face and how the framework can help them navigate these. This article is for all those interested in what it means to address, support and account for an engaged public in contemporary settings.

KeywordsThe public, public engagement with research, reflexivity, engagement design, engagement evaluation
JournalResearch For All
Journal citation1 (1), pp. 35-51
Year2017
PublisherUCL IOE Press
Accepted author manuscriptEngaging with the public in PE_accepted version.pdf
Publisher's versions4.pdf
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.18546/RFA.01.1.04
Web address (URL)https://www.ucl-ioe-press.com/research-for-all/
Publication dates
Published30 Jan 2017
LicenseCC BY 3.0

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