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Transforming research

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.

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by Peter Beresford  |  31st March 2022

Peter Beresford launches our new series of free webinars, starting on 8 April with ‘Why participatory social policy now?’. How are we going to reform welfare and change people’s hostile attitudes towards it and the people who have to turn to it? And who should be making those suggestions?…Read more

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Aimee Grant explains how she came to documentary analysis in her career, and why it can be a fantastic leveller for students and researchers with a wide variety of needs.…Read more

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by Morena Tartari  |  8th February 2022

Morena Tartari outlines her experiences as a lone parent and transnational researcher during the pandemic, and the structural inequalities she faced.…Read more

by Ruth Weatherall  |  29th November 2021

Ruth Weatherall shares how breaking down the barriers between her two identities – academic and activist – opened up new possibilities.…Read more

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by Tara Lamont  |  3rd November 2021

In this episode, Tara Lamont, author of the Open Access 'Making Research Matter: Steps to Impact for Health and Care Researchers', talks about why it's so hard to make research matter in today's world and how to try and overcome this difficulty.…Read more

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by Palash Kamruzzaman  |  29th October 2021

Palash Kamruzzaman looks at why equity in knowledge production across the Global North and Global South is so important, and what specific challenges Global South scholars face.…Read more

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Karen Schucan Bird reports on what tools are available to take stock of what authors are included in academic reading lists, whether anything has changed since her research on the dominance of White male Eurocentric authors on these lists, and why it matters to keep tabs on diversity in this context. …Read more

Anke Schwittay, author of 'Creative Universities', illustrates some aspects of her university teaching which aim to help students better understand society’s complex challenges and to imagine alternative responses to them. …Read more

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by Christine Ceci and Mary Ellen Purkis  |  29th September 2021

Christine Ceci and Mary Ellen Purkis, authors of 'Care at Home for People Living with Dementia', recommend a field-based approach to researching carers’ experiences. …Read more

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by Levi Gahman Filiberto Penados and Shelda-Jane Smith  |  16th September 2021

The Future We Dream is a collaborative arts-based project by Maya communities from Belize, a response to orthodox academic models of research which, although well intentioned, so often scrutinise and stigmatise indigenous communities, and focus on what they lack.…Read more