Research practices are fast evolving. The rise of interdisciplinarity, the popularity of co-produced research, the ever-increasing importance of impact and the decolonial turn present challenges to traditional approaches to research and provide innovative and pioneering new methods and theories with which to address the challenges of the 21st century.
With the creation of the Transforming Research section of the blog and the establishment of our new subject collection for books on Challenge-Led Research Practices, Bristol University Press aims to become a home for work that explores these new research practices. You can find out more about our titles in this area, and how to submit a book proposal, on our website.
Naomi Eisenstadt, co-author of 'Parents, Poverty and the State', explains some of the structural barriers academics face when trying to influence government, and offers some tips for overcoming them.…Read more
A decade after the AHRC launched the Connected Communities Programme, Dr Keri Facer, Professor of Educational and Social Futures, University of Bristol reflects back on some of the key learnings from this transformative national programme.…Read more
Helen Kara, author of a number of Policy Press books, including the forthcoming second edition of Creative Research Methods, talks about the impact of lockdown and how the current situation might affect research in the future.…Read more
David Beer, Professor of Sociology at the University of York, explains how music can be the perfect motivator, and inspiration, when it comes to conducting social research, acting as a reminder that social research should be a creative endeavour.…Read more
Marian Barnes, Emeritus Professor of Social Policy, University of Brighton, discusses going beyond boundaries that separate researchers from different disciplines, and boundaries that separate researchers from those they research.…Read more
Alison Gregory, Emma Williamson and Maria Barnes discuss the impacts the COVID-19 lockdown is having on domestic violence research, and the researchers themselves, and offer tips for researchers now working at home.…Read more
Kate Pahl, co-author of the upcoming book ‘Collaborative Research in Theory and Practice: The Poetics of Letting Go’, reflects on the connected communities project and some of the lessons she learned that are essential to collaborative interdisciplinary work.…Read more
Peter Beresford, author of 'Social Policy First Hand', on why the govenrnment should be paying attention to user-led and co-produced research approaches. …Read more
Tina Haux, author of 'Dimensions of Impact in the Social Sciences', discusses her concerns about the rush to research the effect of COVID-19 and how we should be working with colleagues across the disciplines to establish what we can learn from previous crisis, health and otherwise.…Read more
Kat Smith, Justyna Bandola, Nasar Meer, Ellen Stewart and Richard Watermeyer, authors of 'The Impact Agenda', examine UK efforts to incentivise and measure research impact via REF and lay out their recommendations for a new research agenda in the UK.…Read more