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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.

Exploding lightbulb
by Kat Smith Justyna Bandola Nasar Meer Ellen Stewart and Richard Watermeyer  |  6th May 2020

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

Somali Kitchen
by Sue Cohen  |  1st May 2020

Sue Cohen, a long time community development worker, reflects on her time working on co-produced research projects and the different opinions often held by academics and community practitioners.…Read more

Empty landscape
by Juan Tauri  |  23rd April 2020

Juan Tauri, Bristol University Press author and indigenous criminologist, examines the problems indigenous researchers face when dealing with ethics boards and points to solutions.…Read more

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by Bianca Vienni Baptista  |  16th April 2020

To what extent do collaborative practices present a changing setting for research? Bianca Vienni Baptista, researcher at the Transdisciplinary Lab at ETH Zurich, explores what factors help, or hinder, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research.…Read more

Collaboration beads
by Philippa Grand  |  9th April 2020

Philippa Grand, Publisher at Bristol University Press, explores interdisciplinarity, how it is changing university structures, research and teaching, and how publishing might adapt to support these new research practices.…Read more

Photo of Cape Town

On the publication of 'Comparative Urban Research from Theory to Practice: Co-Production for Sustainability', lead editor David Simon reflects on the value of ‘deep’ forms of participation in addressing urban sustainability and the innovative approach taken by Mistra Urban Futures based in Gothenburg, Sweden.…Read more

Two men walking past each other
by Kristen Mills, Kathryn McAlindon, Jennifer Lawlor, Jennifer Neal and Zachary Neal  |  11th February 2020

Kristen Mills, Jennifer Lawlor, Jennifer Neal, Zachary Neal, and Kathryn McAlindon explore how educators and policy makers conceptualise research in order to illuminate points of alignment and misalignment as well as future directions for bridging policy and practice. Their article 'What is research? Educators’ conceptions and alignment with United States federal policies', published in Evidence & Policy, has been awarded the 2019 Carol Weiss Prize.…Read more

Philip Alston talks with local residents

Research having an impact on policy, and the wider world, can be extremely hard to quantify, but on occasion we find an example that illustrates the great potential we have to make a difference. …Read more

Ceramic saying 'Write without fear. Edit without mercy.'
by Rebecca Tomlinson  |  3rd October 2019

The thought of getting published can be daunting. At Bristol University Press we want to make sure that research that has the potential to impact positively on the world is out there, so we are keen to support first-time authors and early career researchers on the journey to publication. Here Rebecca Tomlinson, our Editor for Read More

Children carrying grasses what makes evidence useful
by Andrew Dawes and Paul Dornan  |  13th August 2019

What matters most in how poverty shapes children’s wellbeing and development? How can data inform social policy and approaches to improving outcomes for poorer children? What makes evidence useful? Young Lives has contributed powerful findings on the multiple impacts of poverty on the young. Using life course analysis from the Young Lives study of 12,000 Read More