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Challenge-Led Research Practices

There is increasing academic interest in ‘research on research’ - the nature, use, processes and practices of research itself, and the role of the university in knowledge production.  This work examines how academic research is used and how effective it is.  It explores the value of research and debates the function and responsibility of the university in society.  Questions of how research is used in policymaking and practice, the impact agenda, knowledge exchange and brokering, and public engagement are all addressed here.

Further, it is increasingly clear that academic knowledge practices are evolving and transforming as traditional approaches are viewed as no longer serving academia or society well.  New collaborations and ways of working have emerged, as part of a focus on challenge-led research.  It is accepted that global social challenges can only be solved using an interdisciplinary approach and through partnerships with experts of all kinds beyond the university.  The decolonial turn within academia heralds a long-overdue new compact between researchers in the global North and South, and a new engagement, by the North, with indigenous knowledge.

We have always championed publishing with a purpose and been a home for the best work on participatory research, and aim to become a home for work on challenge-led research practices, their value to society and how they are evolving.  If you have a proposal you wish to discuss, please see the Publisher information below.

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Philippa Grand

Meet the Editor

Philippa Grand, Publisher

After completing my PhD in Modern British History at the University of Manchester in 2002 I moved into the world of academic publishing, working with leading publishers including Manchester University Press and Routledge. I spent ten years at Palgrave Macmillan, commissioning in various subject areas across the social sciences, but mostly with a focus on sociology.

I’m delighted to be part of the team at Bristol University Press, whose mission as a not-for-profit scholarly publisher looking to make a real difference is one I deeply admire. I’m passionate about the importance and value of social science research to society, keen to understand more about how interdisciplinarity is changing the research landscape, and privileged to work with academics and researchers who are examining some of the most pressing issues of our times.

If you are interested in writing for our Challenge-Led Research Practices list, please contact me at philippa.grand@bristol.ac.uk or visit our information for authors page to download our proposal guidelines. Follow Philippa on Twitter: @BUP_philippa.