A ‘work in progress’?: UK researchers and participation in public engagement

Burchell, K., Sheppard, C. and Chambers, J. 2017. A ‘work in progress’?: UK researchers and participation in public engagement. Research For All. 1 (1), pp. 198-224. doi:10.18546/RFA.01.1.16

TitleA ‘work in progress’?: UK researchers and participation in public engagement
AuthorsBurchell, K., Sheppard, C. and Chambers, J.
Abstract

The funders of UK research seek to embed public engagement by researchers within the culture of UK research. Within this context, this paper provides a snapshot of the UK public engagement landscape by reporting on new quantitative research that examines the experiences and perspectives of UK researchers (n = 2,454) and public engagement support staff (n = 260). The research suggests that ambitions to embed public engagement by researchers within institutional cultures can be understood as a 'work in progress'. There are indications that public engagement is part of the UK research landscape. At the same time, the research suggests that researchers' public engagement efforts are currently constrained; there is evidence of a disconnect between researchers themselves and broader institutional contexts of public engagement, and the sector is overwhelmingly driven by funding and rewards for research, teaching and other activities. In conclusion, these results indicate that, while current strategies have been helpful, longer term effort is required, perhaps targeting particular domains and, more fundamentally, perhaps featuring greater support and reward for public engagement.

Keywordspublic engagement; 'work in progress'; UK; funding and reward
JournalResearch For All
Journal citation1 (1), pp. 198-224
ISSN2399-8121
Year2017
PublisherUCL IOE Press
Publisher's versionburchell et al 'work in progress' research for all.pdf
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.18546/RFA.01.1.16
Publication dates
Published30 Jan 2017
LicenseCC BY 4.0

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