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Why feminism still matters (for criminology and everyone else for that matter!)

Professor Sandra Walklate and Kate Fitz-Gibbon - Crime, Equality

Professor Sandra Walklate, Eleanor Rathbone Chair of Sociology at the University of Liverpool and Kate Fitz-Gibbon, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, Monash University, Australia are two editors of a brand new book series – Emerald Studies in Criminology, Feminism and Social Change, and have written this blog to explain the continuing importance of feminist perspectives in Criminology.

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We need an academic revolution

Nicholas Maxwell - Education

Nicholas Maxwell has taught philosophy at University College London for almost 30 years, and has devoted much of his working life to emphasize the need for a revolution in academic inquiry, so that the basic aim becomes not just to acquire knowledge, but to seek and promote social wisdom.

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Celebrating Pathways to Impact

Stephen Kemp

Stephen Kemp, an independent consultant providing advice and training to universities and researchers to help them win research funding and boost the impact of their research, shares his thoughts on ‘Pathways to Impact’ and the importance of embracing impact focus. Stephen’s background includes a PhD and postdoctoral research in chemistry and positions as an EPSRC portfolio manager, university funding development manager and university impact manager.

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The ‘who’ in Impact

Harriet Barker

Harriet Barker has a strong understanding of impact from different institutional and disciplinary perspectives thanks to her career in varying sectors of research.  Here, she shares her thoughts on the ‘who’ in impact, encouraging us to think about who has the power to implement research in order to benefit the real world.

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Stakeholder causal scope to bridge the industry – academia collaboration gap

Dr. Riad Shams - Education

Analyzing the cause and consequence of stakeholder relationships and interactions is key to unlocking the potentials of bridging the industry – academia research collaboration gap, says Dr. Riad Shams, Senior Research Fellow, Ural Federal University, Russia.

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The Results are In!

We kicked off 2018 by asking what impact resolutions all of us could make to improve the level of real world impact made from research and now the results are in!

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Integrating Real World Impacts to enact meta-Real World Impact

Kathryn Hardwick Franco - Environment

Climate change is increasingly having a direct impact on those in rural areas who rely on the climate for their income and livelihoods. Will high-polluting countries accept these peoples as climate change refugees? Kathryn Hardwick Franco, Doctor of Education Candidate Flinders University, shares her thoughts on how research on the impact of climate change on rural communities can be used to make real world changes.

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In 2018 I will #TakeTheLeap by…

Dr Julie Bayley

Dr Julie Bayley is a Health Psychologist at Coventry University and the Association of Research Managers and Administrators (ARMA) Impact Champion, winning that coveted award for excelling above all others in ‘supporting the translation of research into societal impact’. In this blog, Julie sets out her own impact resolutions for 2018 – and advises how you might ‘take the leap’ to enhance the impact of your research.

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Brexit and the real world impact debate: some reflections on the role of social sciences

Professor Alex De Ruyter - Policy

For academics, Brexit brings up difficult issues in terms of whether one’s role is merely to observe and comment on the process as it unfolds, or to explicitly argue for or against it, says Professor Alex De Ruyter, Director of the Centre for Brexit Studies at Birmingham City University.

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Making research accessible to the non-specialist

Sharon Parkinson - Education

Sharon Parkinson shares her thoughts on being part of the judging panel at the 8th Annual University of Leeds Postgraduate Research Conference, highlighting the role impact and potential impact plays in the nomination process for the Postgraduate Researcher of the Year Award.

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