This manual provides a framework to strategically think about and practice collaboration with others within and outside various disciplines. Aware of the different approaches in accordance with discipline, gender, and career goals, through case studies from lived experiences, the editors have compiled guidelines on: • How to start, build and maintain collaborative networks with diverse audiences, • The opportunities that exist internally and externally to networks, • How to resolve conflicts, overcome resistance, and build trust and confidence. With a wide scope in both content and reach, this book is a valuable resource for researchers, practitioners and their supporters alike, particularly those who are looking to engage with various audiences such as individuals, institutions, private companies, and governments.

What can we learn from public engagement?

What can we learn from public engagement?
Jo James

In this chapter we invite you to explore:

  • The place of public engagement in the wider context
  • The strategic and cultural drivers which have shaped both the concept and practice of public engagement within the UK academy through recent decades
  • How these developments are playing out within doctoral research
  • Their potential implications for the doctorate

The concept of ‘public engagement’ (sharing the conception, activity and benefits of research with the public) is by no means exclusive to the UK, as we indicated in the previous chapter, although in other countries the term ‘community engagement’ is more commonly found. A global study (see Hall et al., 2015) of over 50 countries ...

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