The politics of research impact: A Scottish case-study

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Abstract

The introduction of ‘research impact’ in the 2014 UK Research Excellence Framework established the concept as a key institutional metric, putting impact squarely on the social science agenda. This chapter examines the interplay between research impact and wider political agendas. Taking a case-study approach, the main body of analysis documents how the amalgamation of Scotland’s eight police forces in 2013 resulted in the unanticipated politicisation of Scottish policing. The narrative then shows how this newly heated climate prompted attempts by Scottish government and policing officials to close down the findings from a doctoral research project that exposed the overuse of police stop and search. The narrative details how the findings nonetheless took hold and discusses the more uncomfortable pathways to impact that remain largely unacknowledged in the Academy. The analysis also discusses the dynamics of policing research under a single police force, and the implications for both research impact and the production of critical knowledge.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Handbook on Socio-Legal Methods and Theory
EditorsNaomi Creutzfeldt, N Mason, K Mcconnachie
PublisherRoutledge
Chapter10
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9780429952814
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 13 Aug 2019

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