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Raising the bar on improving the public’s health at Healthy City Design International Congress 2019

Michael Chang - Health, Open Research

This year the theme of the annual Healthy City Design International Congress, ‘Designing for utopia or dystopia? People and planetary health at a crossroads’, reflects a tipping point in which people’s health and wellbeing are becoming a central consideration in healthy city design and place-making.  The World Health Organization (WHO) defines a healthy city as

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Challenges and solutions to sharing health research data

Robert F. Terry, Phaikyeong Cheah, Amanda Blatch-Jones - Open Research

In this blog post, Robert F. Terry, Manager of Research Policy at TDR and  Phaikyeong Cheah, Co-ordinator of the Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit Data Access Committee and Amanda Blatch-Jones, Senior Research Fellow at the NIHR, explore the importance of data sharing, the scepticism surrounding this practice and what needs to happen in order

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‘By offering the same playing ground for everyone they are able to share their findings.’ A Q&A with journal editor Walter Leal

Walter Leal - Open Research

As the editor of our first flipped open access journal International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management (IJCCSM) we wanted to hear what Walter Leal thought about making the research landscape more inclusive and open for all.  The journal publishes papers dealing with policy-making on climate change, and methodological approaches to cope with the problems

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‘By publishing my work open access, the results of my research can be beneficial to more researchers.’ A Q&A with author Huynh Thi Lan Huong

Huynh Thi Lan Huong - Open Research

As an author of our open access journal International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management (IJCCSM) we wanted to hear what Huynh thought about making the research landscape more inclusive and open for all. Here Hyunh discusses more about the opportunities researchers from developing countries have when it comes to publishing open access. Dr. Huynh Thi

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Eight ways early career researchers think open access will benefit the research community

Open Research

The Early Career Researchers Advisory Board for Wellcome Open Research represent the needs and aspirations of early career researchers, making sure the voices of the next generation are heard and to help catalyse reform in publishing research. The members come from many different research areas and represent a vast array of fields of expertise. For

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Presence, conversations and clocks

Tony Wall - Research

I occasionally hear academic peers say “what’s the point in doing research if it is not published in a 3 or 4 star journal?” and “we can only use 2 star research to underpin impact work”. These statements directly reference the way bureaucratic systems have metricised the evaluation of research; the metrics of an audit

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Collaborating for Social Impact

Tanja Collavo - Librarians

To solve global challenges, the input of everyone and every sector is needed. However, collaborations for knowledge exchange between researchers and non-academic organizations are still relatively limited and, even when they take place, are not always successful. What is wrong and what can be done? We asked this question to early career researchers, employees of

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When two worlds collide: Aid Agencies, Academia and Reflective Practitioners

Terry Gibson - Education, Global Events, Science/Sociology

Over a year on from the safeguarding and abuse scandals that rocked Oxfam, Save the Children, Medecins sans Frontieres and revealed challenges across the whole Aid Agency sector, and despite their intention in an open letter of  ‘continuing to deliver vital aid but also changing fundamentally.’ the UK International development committee finds too little has

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The Rise of the Radical Right: Reflections on the Role of Academics in Tracking Emerging Developments

Dr William Allchorn - Policy

In recent years radical right actors – which encompasses nativist, authoritarian and populist political movements; both in the global north and parts of the south – are never too far from the headlines. Whether it is the atrocities that took place in Christchurch in March or the hype surrounding Matteo Salvini’s recently announced grouping in

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Towards a Disruptive Impact Agenda

Chris Hewson & Julie Bayley

The drive towards research needing to demonstrate social benefit has gathered pace in recent years. Impact is now a substantive part of research life for many; to varying degrees, understood, accepted, embedded, integrated, internalised, loved, cherished, or indeed reviled with a fervent passion. But it’s here, and we’ve slowly gotten accustomed to it. As a

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