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How to write a REF impact case study? Critical discourse analysis of evidencing practices

Författare och institution:
Rene Brauer (-); Nigel Morgan (-); Mirek Dymitrow (Institutionen för ekonomi och samhälle, Kulturgeografi); John Tribe (-)
Publicerad i:
“Making an impact: Creative constructive conversations” International Conference, 19-22 July 2016, School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, University of Surrey, Guildford, UK,
Konferensbidrag - refereegranskat abstract
Sammanfattning (abstract):
This paper applies critical discourse analysis to scrutinize submissions to the “REF [Research Excellence Framework] 2014 Impact Case Study” platform. More specifically, it focuses on the rhetorical practices used within these submissions to evidence research impact as outlined by the Higher Education Institutions (HEI) within tourism studies. The evidencing practices used within the submissions to Panel 26 (Sport Science, Leisure and Tourism) included quantitative sources and measures (e.g. Google Scholar, citation counts, journal ranking scores, monetary value of research grants, value of policy investment, industry revenue figures, etc.) and implicated ‘high status’-end users (e.g. government bodies, the UN, industry, NGOs) as their main type of evidence. The evidencing of impact did not differ depending on whether the research was of quantitative or qualitative character, neither on the type of research impact claimed. Instead, the disciplining of the epistemic evidencing practices was enforced by the outlined guidelines for submission (verifiable evidence, word count, type of impact). Leaning on Collins and Evans’ (2007) notion of ‘expertise’ used to conceptualize evidencing practices, this paper discusses the implication of such evidencing for an evaluation practice that sets out to assess the quality of research impact. The rhetoric such evidencing evokes, however, is not necessary indicative of the impact claimed. Furthermore, the evidencing practices used within the REF marginalize so-called negative impacts (failures), despite their specific value for research and, consequently, for societal progress at large.
Ämne (baseras på Högskoleverkets indelning av forskningsämnen):
Statsvetenskap ->
Studier av offentlig förvaltning
Social och ekonomisk geografi ->
Social och ekonomisk geografi ->
Ekonomisk geografi
Annan samhällsvetenskap ->
Övrig annan samhällsvetenskap ->
Teknik och social förändring
Filosofi, etik och religion ->
Filosofi ->
Annan humaniora ->
Övrig annan humaniora ->
tourism studies, REF 2014, research impact, interactional expertise, anti-fragile
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2016-07-15 03:52
Posten ändrad:
2016-09-12 10:36

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