Sustaining knowledge exchange and research impact in the social sciences and humanities: investing in knowledge broker roles in UK universities

Claire Lightowler, Christine Knight

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    Over the last decade, higher education policy in the United Kingdom (UK) has increasingly focused on the impact of academic research. This has resulted in the emergence of specialist knowledge brokers within UK universities in the social sciences and humanities. Our empirical research identified a tension between the research impact agenda and the value placed on knowledge brokerage. Based on interviews with knowledge brokers at the University of Edinburgh, we argue that funding models, short-term contracts, and posts combining knowledge brokerage with other functions result in a transient population and a squeeze on knowledge brokerage, which may limit its effectiveness in achieving research impact.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)317-334
    Number of pages18
    JournalEvidence and Policy
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2013


    • sustaining
    • social sciences
    • knowledge exchange
    • research impact
    • sustainability
    • uk universities
    • knowledge broker
    • humanities

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