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POCARIM policy brief 3 : The role of networking in the social sciences and humanities

Ackers, HL 2014, POCARIM policy brief 3 : The role of networking in the social sciences and humanities , Project Report, University of Salford, Salford. (Submitted)

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Policy Brief 3 focuses on the subject of networking. Networks are critical to many aspects of the POCARIM project. On the one hand they play an important role in career development both in terms of disseminating information about positions and research opportunities. In many cases they lubricate access to those positions. In a more general sense they shape flows of knowledge and ideas, building bridges between disciplines, sectors and international actors. The role of networking in the promotion of knowledge exchange and the realisation of the ‘Fifth Freedom’ (Free Movement of knowledge) is clearly spelt out in the Commission Communication on the ‘Innovation Union’: Increased mobility is strongly associated with the creation of knowledge networks, improved scientific performance, improved knowledge and technology transfer, improved productivity and ultimately enhanced economic and social welfare (European Commission, 2010, p. 21). Given the significance of networks to critical processes that lie at the heart of POCARIM objectives, we have been interested to understand the dynamics of network formation, the characteristics and qualities of networks in the social sciences and humanities and factors shaping their growth, evolution, sustenance and demise. With these concerns in mind this sections addresses five questions: (1) How and when are networks formed? (2) What are networks like? (3) How are networks maintained and encouraged to evolve? (4) What obstacles exist to network formation and evolution and how can they be overcome? (5) What do networks achieve for the researchers involved and for research itself?

Item Type: Monograph (Project Report)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Social science, humanities, networks, research careers
Themes: Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Schools > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences
Publisher: University of Salford
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Funders: European Commission
Depositing User: Dr Chris Coey
Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2015 15:04
Last Modified: 05 Apr 2016 19:28

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