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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.

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 Paul Dornan and Andrew Dawes  |  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

by Louca-Mai Brady and Berni Graham  |  18th June 2019

Capturing the voices, views and experiences of children and young people directly and involving them more actively in the research process are increasingly seen as essential for good social research, evaluation, policy and service development. Often, the perspectives of children and young people are filtered through the interpretations of adults: with either parents or carers Read More

by Huw Davies, Annette Boaz, Alec Fraser and Sandra Nutley  |  7th May 2019

How has the role of evidence in policy and practice changed in the last 20 years? Recent events such as Michael Gove’s claim that we have “had enough of experts” and the prevalence of fake news create a sense that decision makers apparently choose not to take academic research into account. But there is hope. Read More

by Aksel Ersoy  |  24th May 2018

Aksel Ersoy, editor of The Impact of Co-production, discusses the debate around the ways public engagement can go beyond a simple consultation and how it can be ‘relevant’ in academia.…Read more