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

1st Edition

James Gow, Henry Redwood

August 12, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 160 Pages
ISBN 9780367902032 - CAT# 352112
Series: Contemporary Security Studies

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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.

This book will be of much interest to students of politics and international studies, as well as educational research and policymakers.

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