The process of knowledge exchange: disruption, deliberation, legitimation

Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesInvited talk


Much of the work on knowledge exchange and evidence-based practice focuses on the fortunes of specific pieces or programmes of research and the individuals or teams behind them, something that is further reified through funding councils’ pathways to impact strategies and research assessment exercises, such as the REF in the UK. This paper will use the example of the Scottish Institute for Policing Research to explore the possibilities of a different model of engagement, one that is long-term, cross institutional, multi-disciplinary, and very much a collective enterprise. Its potential lies in disrupting existing hierarchies of knowledge, and in so doing, de-monopolising what counts as (in this case) ‘police knowledge’ from authoritative police voices, opening it up to contestation and deliberation. The risk that such enterprises might just legitimate police (or state) practice is acknowledged as such, but also challenged as too blunt a critique that fails to grasp the complex relationship between knowledge, engagement and democratic politics.
Period24 Apr 2019
Event titleCriminology and Democratic Politics
Event typeConference
LocationLeuven, BelgiumShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • knowledge exchange
  • policing
  • learning
  • brokering