Being there in the flex: humanities and social science collaborations with nonacademic actors

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Being there in the flex : humanities and social science collaborations with nonacademic actors. / Jacob, Merle; Jabrane, Leila.

In: Studies in Higher Education, Vol. 43, No. 10, 03.10.2018, p. 1718-1729.

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T1 - Being there in the flex

T2 - humanities and social science collaborations with nonacademic actors

AU - Jacob, Merle

AU - Jabrane, Leila

PY - 2018/10/3

Y1 - 2018/10/3

N2 - In the face of reduced public funding of science and increased demands for ‘value for money’, academic researchers find themselves hard pressed to produce relevant research and demonstrate their utility to society. These pressures are particularly prominent in the humanities and social sciences (HSS) where practical value is frequently questioned. This article investigates how HSS can be made ‘relevant’ through the qualitative case study of a funding instrument fostering immersive collaboration between HSS researchers and non-academic actors. The research is a qualitative study based on semi-structured interviews with the funded researchers and representatives of the funding agency. The paper provides insights into the motivations and experiences of HSS researchers embarking on the quest for relevance and the difficulties they encounter. In particular, the study finds that the key challenge for HSS researchers lies in balancing the level of engagement required to be relevant with the requirements of an academic career.

AB - In the face of reduced public funding of science and increased demands for ‘value for money’, academic researchers find themselves hard pressed to produce relevant research and demonstrate their utility to society. These pressures are particularly prominent in the humanities and social sciences (HSS) where practical value is frequently questioned. This article investigates how HSS can be made ‘relevant’ through the qualitative case study of a funding instrument fostering immersive collaboration between HSS researchers and non-academic actors. The research is a qualitative study based on semi-structured interviews with the funded researchers and representatives of the funding agency. The paper provides insights into the motivations and experiences of HSS researchers embarking on the quest for relevance and the difficulties they encounter. In particular, the study finds that the key challenge for HSS researchers lies in balancing the level of engagement required to be relevant with the requirements of an academic career.

KW - collaboration

KW - cross-sectoral

KW - Funding instrument

KW - humanities and social sciences

KW - mobility

KW - relevance

U2 - 10.1080/03075079.2018.1520414

DO - 10.1080/03075079.2018.1520414

M3 - Article

VL - 43

SP - 1718

EP - 1729

JO - Studies in Higher Education

JF - Studies in Higher Education

SN - 0307-5079

IS - 10

ER -