Professor of Engaged Research
I am Professor of Engaged Research at the Open University, UK. Through my academic work I examine tensions between theories and practices of knowledge exchange by evaluating examples where researchers and ‘publics’ have sought to (co)produce impacts derived from research. In combining research and practice through this work, I have developed the concept of engaged research, a principled approach to co-constructing ‘publics’ (interested and affected parties, end-users and members of the public) to work reflexively in meaningful ways to generate, reflect on and evidence social and economic impacts. I argue that engaged research should have a moral imperative to act as a route to promoting epistemic justice, or ‘fairness in knowing’.