Academic impact practices and university impact strategies: a typology

25th April 2019 : 12:45 - 14:00

Category: Seminar

Research Group: Qualitative Methods Hub

Speaker: Dr Stefan de Jong (Manchester University)

Location: Seminar Room B, Department of Education

In this seminar Dr. Stefan de Jong discusses a typology of university strategies for societal impact that he is currently developing.

To this end, he integrates seminal works on strategy and organizations with literature on societal impact of academic research. The characterization of four ideal types facilitates the analysis and comparison of impact strategies as well as the study of their effects on academic impact practices.

The typology is part of a broader project that aims to unravel the influence of university impact strategies on impact practices of academics. Impact of academic research is not a recent phenomenon. Scientists and scholars alike have been interacting with other societal actors long before the impact agenda was introduced. They have developed mutual beneficial relationships in which particular ways of exchanging and developing knowledge have become institutionalized. This justifies the question how the impact agenda intervenes in these relationships.

Stefan is a visiting researcher at the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research at The University of Manchester. His post-doctoral project ‘Professional Practices’ is funded by a Rubicon Grant for early career researchers of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research. Stefan has published in Research Policy, Research Evaluation and Science and Public Policy. He is Science Communication Manager of COST Action ENRESSH. Stefan regularly hosts impact workshops for academics and has been an impact and grant adviser at Leiden University between his doctoral research and his current project.


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