Thinking the art of knowledge transfer between academia and policy circles calls for rethinking the art of challenging, on the one hand, the naming practices and persistent assumptions that are present in policy-making, and on the other, the tendency of a servicing academia that only provides comforting rationales. In times of systematized evidence-based policy-making, academic scholars and researchers may indeed take on the responsibility to challenge taken-for-granted rationalities presumably made in the absence of politics. Arguably, academia and its intellectual apparatus is well-equipped to develop compelling stories that translate complex realities into easily understandable objects of intervention that can disrupt privileged and dominating narratives within policy-making. Questioning the questions policy-makers ask and revising the brief they develop imply some active academic work ‘behind the scene’ in order to engage a genuine transformation of societies and take seriously the challenge of reducing inequalities within our social fabrics. Academic scholars and researchers may then manage to engage some incremental changes that operate through and with – rather than in spite of or in a confrontational way – bureaucratic systems.
Addressing the conference theme of public engagement in geography, this international and interdisciplinary panel will discuss 'How to engage in the creative economy? Beyond fast policy and research impact agendas' considering the following questions:
- how do we influence policy?
- are knowledge-exchange models effective for public engagement?
- how do we make our research 'useful'?
- how can we turn consultancy into activism?
- what do we ‘engage’ for?
- what are the positive challenges of doing policy work (as in the relations between academics, policy makers and communities), and what the nature of knowledge exchange/transfer is. Is it possible to do ‘good policy’ work? if so, how?
|Panelist||Deborah Stevenson Western Sydney University||20|
|Discussant||Cecilia Dinardi Goldsmiths, University of London||15|
|Panelist||Jenny Mbaye Centre for Culture and the Creative Industries, City University London||20|
|Introduction||Cecilia Dinardi Goldsmiths, University of London||5|
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