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Reflectivity in Research Practice: An Overview of Different Perspectives

The article grounds on the assumption that researchers, in order to be not mere technicians but competent practitioners of research, should be able to reflect in a deep way. That means they should reflect not only on the practical acts … Continue reading

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Advice for successful Academic Research

This document brings together six popular posts I have written over the past few years for my blog This Sociological Life. These posts provide pithy advice drawn from many years of experience about how to successfully engage in various aspects of academic … Continue reading

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Building a research impact culture

What sort of research culture underpins effective research impact on policy and practice change? As part of a research program on inclusive economic growth in low-income countries, we commissioned four case studies to help understand how researchers had engaged with … Continue reading

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Interdisciplinarity and anxiety

At the level of institutional strategy, interdisciplinary research looks like a positive and productive exchange. At the personal level, where it is enmeshed with career progress, disciplinary anxieties and tensions at the interface between sometimes incommensurate kinds of thinking, there … Continue reading

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Steps to make your research more relevant

Interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research often aims at a broader impact in society. But, how can you make such an impact happen? A researcher might face a number of questions (s)he was not necessarily trained to address, such as: How can … Continue reading

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A checklist for documenting knowledge synthesis

How do you write-up the methods section for research synthesizing knowledge from different disciplines and stakeholders to improve understanding about a complex societal or environmental problem? In research on complex real-world problems, the methods section is often incomplete. An agreed … Continue reading

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A better measure of research from the global south

… describe a new tool for judging the value and validity of science that attempts to improve lives. The limitations of dominant research-evaluation approaches are well known1–5. Peer review is by definition an opinion. Ways of measuring citations — both scholarly … Continue reading

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The Moral Foundations of Educational Research: Knowledge, Inquiry and Values

This book considers what is distinctive about educational research in comparison with other research in the social sciences. As the contributors, all agree that education is always an essentially moral enterprise, discussion about methodology starts, not with the widely endorsed … Continue reading

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Linking learning and research through transdisciplinary competences

What are the objectives of transdisciplinary learning? What are the key competences and how do they relate to both educational goals and transdisciplinary research goals? At Transdisciplinarity Lab (TdLab), our group answered these questions by observing and reflecting upon the … Continue reading

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Creating research value needs more than just science – arts, humanities, social sciences can help

This week we’re launching Making science for people, a series of articles that explore how humanities, arts and social sciences expertise is applied to problems typically corralled into the science and technology space. In this first piece, Rachel and Lisa set … Continue reading

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