The Struggle for Social Impact and Public Legitimacy
Chapter 4: Producing competitive accountability
This chapter moves into the empirical heart of the book and explores the testimony of researchers represented in REF2014 impact case studies. It considers their views on the influence of a REF impact agenda on their research praxis and how a demand for the economic and societal impact of research is influencing and potentially changing research behaviours in UK universities. A REF impact agenda is seen to have produced a swing to and crowding out of applied research, a cult of impactful individuals or impact superstars, and impact as corruptive to academic researchers’ public interface. Competitive accountability is thus blamed for being corruptive to academics’ public role and contribution.
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