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Considering how to communicate your research or engage others with the latest science, social science or humanities research? This book explores new and emerging approaches to engaging people with research, placing these in the wider context of research communication. Split into three sections, Creative Research Communication explores the historical routes and current drivers for public engagement, before moving on to explore practical approaches and finally discussing ethical issues and the ways in which research communication can contribute to research impact.

Starting from the premise that researchers can and ought to participate in the public sphere, this book provides practical guidance and advice on contributing to political discourse and policymaking, as well as engaging the public where they are (whether that is at the theatre, at a music festival or on social media). By considering the plurality of publics and their diverse needs and interests, it is quite possible to find a communications niche that neither offers up bite-sized chunks of research, nor conceptualises the public as lacking the capacity to consider the myriad of issues raised by research, but explains and considers thoughtfully the value of research endeavours and their potential benefits to society.

It’s time for researchers to move away from one-size fits all, and embrace opportunities for creative approaches to research communication. This book argues for a move away from metrics and tick box approaches and towards approaches that work for you, as an individual researcher, in the context of your own discipline and interests.

Sean W. Burges

Latin America and certainly not the countries of sub-Saharan Africa. Underpinning this aspirational tilt to Brazil’s international identity was a general lack of engagement with the Global South. Trade and cultural links driven by the elite were firmly focused on the North, leading to the challenge identified by then foreign minister and future president Fernando Henrique Cardoso in 1992: the world had just undergone a major systemic change with the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Cold War, which in turn necessitated a major revision of how Brazil

in Brazil in the world
From the periphery to the center
Harsh V. Pant

others. India has been an active member of the international community, participating in a range of global organizations, and its engagement with other states has played out as part of India’s membership in some of the oldest and largest institutions such as the United Nations (UN) to the emerging and more circumscribed ones like BIMSTEC and the Mekong-Ganga Cooperation Initiative. The United Nations As one of the original members of the UN, signing the Declaration by United Nations at Washington in 1942 and participating in the UN Conference India and multilateralism

in Indian foreign policy
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Quo vadis democracy?
Matt Qvortrup

a petition and being involved in communal activities. If measured by the yardstick of those activities, the level of political engagement is not as low as is sometimes assumed. Contrary to the often negative assessments of the state of citizen engagement, chapter 3 of this book has shown that citizens have not become apathetic and that young people reportedly are more interested in politics as their elders. That said, there are indications that traditional political engagement has declined and that the political system needs to allow for different forms of

in The politics of participation
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Peter John, Sarah Cotterill, Alice Moseley, Liz Richardson, Graham Smith, Gerry Stoker, and Corinne Wales

process, it is undeniable that a number of public authorities are being more creative in their attempts to engage citizens. And with the proliferation of ICT, public authorities are increasingly looking to harness the internet to develop new ways of promoting deliberation amongst citizens. Internet engagement is particularly attractive to authorities because it has the potential to engage large numbers of citizens without the costs (financial and psychological) of bringing them together in the same physical space. There is the possibility of scaling up participation

in Nudge, nudge, think, think (second edition)
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e-democracy, citizens’ juries and designer politics
Matt Qvortrup

through, for example, focus groups. e-democracy Democracy, we are often reminded, means rule of the people. Yet, at a time of declining electoral participation, the legitimacy of public policies requires more than the usual mechanisms of public engagement. This is especially the case in matters concerning the environment and physical planning, where policies have irreversible consequences. Perhaps in recognition of this, new mechanisms of public engagement have been pioneered: the British Government and MORI experimented with a ‘People’s Panel’ from 1998 to 2002

in The politics of participation
Riots and extraparliamentary participation
Matt Qvortrup

M801 QVORTRUP TEXT MAKE-UP.qxd 5/4/07 1:42 PM Page 58 Gary Gary's G4:Users:Gary:Public:Gary 4 Bottom–up politics: riots and extraparliamentary participation Citizen politics is many things, but a major aspect of it is to speak up for oneself and one’s community. In this chapter I consider a number of different forms of political engagement, all of which share the feature of being unrelated to representative democracy. Citizen government and involvement include a broad range of activities, legal as well as illegal, new as well as old. Having looked at

in The politics of participation
Tony Dundon, Miguel Martinez Lucio, Emma Hughes, Debra Howcroft, Arjan Keizer, and Roger Walden

power to influence work and employment conditions depends on, among other things, the level of networking and forms of new organising engagement. Many CSOs are formalised, with specific bureaucratic structures and roles, often dependent on various forms of funding from members, employers or the nation state. Yet networking helps create informal advocacy to leverage support and a power dynamic to persuade opinion. New organisational forms within work and employment are a growing part of policy-making processes, with many also evaluating companies and public sector

in Power, politics and influence at work
Sean W. Burges

recently seen its most visible expression in the Lula era’s renewed push for an expanded UN Security Council to give Brazil permanent membership in the political realm and very active engagement with the WTO Doha round in the economic sphere. In short, multilateral groupings, whether they be on a regional or global level, have long been an important strut of Brazilian foreign policy, crucial to efforts to protect national autonomy and, more latterly, work to reshape the realities of structural power in the contemporary global system. Active participation in multilateral

in Brazil in the world
Matt Qvortrup

of the word, but were rather subjects of more or less despotic leaders and rulers. While this book is concerned mainly with positive – as opposed to normative – issues (with is rather than with ought), it is important to stress that philosophers and political thinkers have been divided as to the merits of letting the people involve themselves in the political process. To understand the empirical questions regarding the politics of participation we need to understand also the theoretical and philosophical questions pertaining to citizen engagement in the process of

in The politics of participation