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Can we fix it? Are incremental tweaks to research practices, cultures & assessment sufficient, or is it time for more radical change?

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posted on 2022-05-25, 16:55 authored by James Wilsdon

This is a copy of my presentation to the UKRIO Annual Conference on 25 May 2022. The overall conference theme was 'Good research practice: culture, environment and sustainability.’ My talk covered the following points: 

1. The ‘cultural turn’ in UK research policy

2. Progress we’ve seen…

3. Paradoxes of the pandemic 

4. The yawning chasm between rhetoric & lived reality – our new “valley of death”

5. A white, middle-class, able-bodied man in his late-40s losing patience in public 

6. So yes, let’s talk about research cultures:

  • Material cultures
  • Cultures of honesty
  • Cultures of experimentation
  • Cultures of formative assessment
  • Cultures of creative chaos


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