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Aligning scientific impact and societal relevance: the roles of academic engagement and interdisciplinary research

AuthorsD’Este, Pablo; Ramos-Vielba, Irene; Robinson-García, Nicolás
Issue Date19-Jun-2019
CitationDRUID19 Copenhagen (2019)
AbstractScientific findings from publicly-funded research are increasingly expected to demonstrate both scientific impact and societal relevance. Scientific impact is associated with achieving recognition within the community of scientists; while societal relevance is related to the capacity to respond to the needs of non-academic audiences. Despite the advocacy of policy discourses, the pursuit and achievement of this dual mission face important challenges. The logics governing the production of research findings with scientific impact may substantially differ from (and often conflict with) the mechanisms underlying the generation of findings that achieve societal relevance. This paper investigates factors associated with knowledge production processes that contribute to reconcile and align these two missions. First, we examine whether academic engagement in research interactions with non-academic actors contribute to attenuate the potential tensions between scientific and societal goals, by shaping scientists¿ cognition, skills and attitudes. Second, we investigate whether scientists who exhibit a stronger involvement in interdisciplinary research approaches are particularly capable to achieve greater performance in both scientific impact and societal relevance. Our findings suggest that the involvement in joint research with non-academic actors and in interdisciplinary research teams contribute positively to the scientific researchers¿ capacity to jointly reach societal relevance and scientific impact from public science.
DescriptionTrabajo presentado en el DRUID19 Copenhagen, celebrado en Copenhagen (Dinamarca), del 19 al 21 de junio de 2019
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