Impact in International Affairs: The Quest for World-Leading Research

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Redwood, H. and Gow, J. Impact in International Affairs: The Quest for World-Leading Research. New York Routledge.
AuthorsRedwood, H. and Gow, J.
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This book examines how and to what extent academic research in politics and international studies has had ‘impact’ — in doing so, it also considers what might characterise ‘world-leading’ research impact.
International Relations was always meant to have impact — it was intended to make a difference in the world, when the subject was formally founded to understand and prevent war in 1919. This volume addresses the concept of ‘impact’ and offers a typology of the term — instrumental, conceptual, capacity building and procedural. The authors examine 111 impact case studies in the UK Research Excellence Framework (2014) that were classified as having achieved the highest level of evaluation, and they identify eight characteristics that mark ‘world-leading’ impact. The book concludes that process, public and media engagement are previously underestimated aspects of impact in official approaches. It further demonstrates that achieving the top levels of impact in international relations is possible, but that factors such as the nature of the subject, the approach of researchers and mean-spiritedness in the peer review process inhibited this.

KeywordsREF, Impact, UKRI, International Affairs, POLIS
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Print14 Aug 2020
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Deposited25 Nov 2020
Place of publicationNew York
SeriesRoutledge Focus
ISBN9780367902032
Web address (URL)https://www.routledge.com/Impact-in-International-Affairs-The-Quest-for-World-Leading-Research/Gow-Redwood/p/book/9780367902032
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