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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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‘People are reading my work!’ – A Q&A with Emerald Open Research author Judith Nagasha

Judith Irene Nagash - Open Research

As one of the first authors to publish on Emerald Open Research we wanted to find out more about how Judith Irene Nagasha of Makerere University, Kampala Uganda found her publishing experience and what more she had to say about our new open access platform. Judith’s article ‘Effect of climate variability on gender roles among

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What does Real Impact mean in India? An Editorial Focus Group Discussion

Many of our participants who took part already work individually or at an institutional level to publish meaningful research. They all acknowledged that there are stepping stones between publishing the impactful research and actually ensuring there’s an outcome, by publishing research that is making a difference in the real world.  We collated their thoughts and

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Here be dragons

Alison Dawson

Mapping research and identifying gaps in the evidence base for design which supports and enables people with dementia to live as well as they are able to. The sun is shining and the skies are blue over the University of Stirling this morning. The conference room of the Iris Murdoch Building is filled with people

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The importance of prioritising health for children

Michael Rigby

Children form a fifth of the population in Europe; and the whole of the future population – they will grow up to become the future workforce, parents, and informal carers; in due course they will progress to become the future older citizens. Therefore, child health should be everybody’s business – for altruistic, societal and economic

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Why the creation of successful partnerships is essential for the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Monica Thiel

I find the concept of partnerships an interesting and vital one for the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This is mainly due to the multiple social and business relationships that shape and modify the partnership process and determine partner responsibility. Partnerships require systemic innovation within differing organizational structures and goals across sectors

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Brexit and the ‘Real World Impact’ Debate: Reflections on the Role of Social Sciences

Professor Alex De Ruyter - Policy, Science/Sociology

Since becoming Director of the Centre for Brexit Studies at Birmingham City University in 2017, the UK’s first ever research centre devoted to the study of all things Brexit, I have found it challenging to keep my academic hat of “objective aloofness” on. After all, Brexit strikes to the heart of the future trajectory of

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How can knowledge and practice work in partnership to create a healthier society?

Michael Chang - Health

On this World Health Day, I would like to highlight and celebrate those professionals working at the interface of environment and public health to make health their everyday business. More than ever, in research and in practice, we are recognising and having a better understanding of the fact that our health and wellbeing is influenced

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2019 – The focus for Impact

Dr Julie Bayley

In this blog, Julie reflects on her impact resolutions for 2018 – and considers what 2019 may bring. What are you main thoughts on your #taketheleap pledges from 2018? In 2018 I pledged to #taketheleap by committing to support professional development of the impact community. It has been a genuine concern of mine for some

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