Reflections of 'knowledge exchange professionals' in the social sciences: emerging opportunities and challenges for university-based knowledge brokers

C. Knight, C. Lightowler

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    40 Citations (Scopus)

    Abstract

    Through reflections on our own experiences, this paper explores one approach to knowledge exchange that appears to be being used increasingly in social sciences in Scottish universities: the employment of dedicated 'knowledge exchange professionals' or knowledge brokers. We argue that the ambiguity and hybridity of specialist knowledge exchange roles as they are emerging currently in university social science settings lead to challenges, although also opportunities, at different stages of knowledge exchange appointments. We discuss issues relating to recruitment; management and accountability; recognition and integration; professional support and development; and reward, promotion and career pathways.
    LanguageEnglish
    Pages543-556
    Number of pages14
    JournalEvidence and Policy
    Volume6
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2010

    Fingerprint

    social science
    university
    knowledge
    reward
    promotion
    career
    responsibility
    management
    experience

    Keywords

    • knowledge exchange professionals
    • social sciences
    • university-based
    • knowledge brokers
    • emerging opportunities
    • challenges
    • scottish universities
    • professional support and development; and reward, promotion and
    • career pathways
    • recruitment
    • management
    • recognition
    • accountability
    • integration

    Cite this

    @article{dff25afd02084945b28ca6be209b737b,
    title = "Reflections of 'knowledge exchange professionals' in the social sciences: emerging opportunities and challenges for university-based knowledge brokers",
    abstract = "Through reflections on our own experiences, this paper explores one approach to knowledge exchange that appears to be being used increasingly in social sciences in Scottish universities: the employment of dedicated 'knowledge exchange professionals' or knowledge brokers. We argue that the ambiguity and hybridity of specialist knowledge exchange roles as they are emerging currently in university social science settings lead to challenges, although also opportunities, at different stages of knowledge exchange appointments. We discuss issues relating to recruitment; management and accountability; recognition and integration; professional support and development; and reward, promotion and career pathways.",
    keywords = "knowledge exchange professionals, social sciences, university-based , knowledge brokers, emerging opportunities, challenges, scottish universities, professional support and development; and reward, promotion and , career pathways, recruitment, management, recognition , accountability, integration",
    author = "C. Knight and C. Lightowler",
    year = "2010",
    month = "11",
    day = "1",
    doi = "10.1332/174426410X535891",
    language = "English",
    volume = "6",
    pages = "543--556",
    journal = "Evidence and Policy",
    issn = "1744-2648",
    number = "4",

    }

    TY - JOUR

    T1 - Reflections of 'knowledge exchange professionals' in the social sciences

    T2 - Evidence and Policy

    AU - Knight, C.

    AU - Lightowler, C.

    PY - 2010/11/1

    Y1 - 2010/11/1

    N2 - Through reflections on our own experiences, this paper explores one approach to knowledge exchange that appears to be being used increasingly in social sciences in Scottish universities: the employment of dedicated 'knowledge exchange professionals' or knowledge brokers. We argue that the ambiguity and hybridity of specialist knowledge exchange roles as they are emerging currently in university social science settings lead to challenges, although also opportunities, at different stages of knowledge exchange appointments. We discuss issues relating to recruitment; management and accountability; recognition and integration; professional support and development; and reward, promotion and career pathways.

    AB - Through reflections on our own experiences, this paper explores one approach to knowledge exchange that appears to be being used increasingly in social sciences in Scottish universities: the employment of dedicated 'knowledge exchange professionals' or knowledge brokers. We argue that the ambiguity and hybridity of specialist knowledge exchange roles as they are emerging currently in university social science settings lead to challenges, although also opportunities, at different stages of knowledge exchange appointments. We discuss issues relating to recruitment; management and accountability; recognition and integration; professional support and development; and reward, promotion and career pathways.

    KW - knowledge exchange professionals

    KW - social sciences

    KW - university-based

    KW - knowledge brokers

    KW - emerging opportunities

    KW - challenges

    KW - scottish universities

    KW - professional support and development; and reward, promotion and

    KW - career pathways

    KW - recruitment

    KW - management

    KW - recognition

    KW - accountability

    KW - integration

    UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=78651469256&partnerID=8YFLogxK

    U2 - 10.1332/174426410X535891

    DO - 10.1332/174426410X535891

    M3 - Article

    VL - 6

    SP - 543

    EP - 556

    JO - Evidence and Policy

    JF - Evidence and Policy

    SN - 1744-2648

    IS - 4

    ER -