The next live #ECRchat is Thursday 4 September at 11:00-12:00 in the UK (BST), 12:00-13:00 in Europe (CEST), 20:00 in Sydney (AEST). This chat will be hosted by Debbie Maxwell (@deb_max)
Knowledge Exchange (KE) is a bi-directional process between academia and external groups, i.e. communities, businesses, or organisations, that enables the flow of information and knowledge between the two (or more) groups. The importance of KE, along with public engagement and the ability to demonstrate impact of publicly funded research, is of increasing importance, particularly within Arts and Humanities.
In this chat we will discuss what the value and potential is in engaging in research projects with non-academics, and whether ECRs should be leading the academic community on this work.
Debbie Maxwell (@deb_max) is one of those increasingly common breeds of interdisciplinary researchers; originally from a computer engineering background she has now found herself working in art schools on design projects. She is currently a post-doctoral research fellow at Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh, working on ‘Design in Action’, a large arts and humanities knowledge exchange project. She is interested in unpicking what knowledge exchange (KE) actually is and the skills required by academics, and ECRs in particular, to engage effectively with industry and the third sector. Outwith this, she is interested in the ways people interact with and reshape technology and the roles that storytelling can play across media and contexts, having worked closely with traditional storytellers.