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Open Access Against the tide of depoliticisation: the politics of research governance

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Research has identified a general trend towards depoliticisation. Against this trend, we identify opportunities for politicisation through the international emergence of a research governance tool: 'responsible research and innovation' (RRI). Drawing on face-to-face interviews with university staff, we reveal two factors that influence whether research governance becomes a site of politics: actors' acknowledgement of their societal responsibilities, and the meanings these actors attribute to RRI. RRI provides a focus for political struggles over the public value of research and innovation at a time when science policy is given a privileged role in driving economic growth.
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Keywords: POLITICISATION; RESPONSIBLE RESEARCH AND INNOVATION; SCIENCE POLICY; UNIVERSITIES

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Email: [email protected] 2: Email: [email protected] 3: Email: [email protected]

Publication date: 01 July 2017

This article was made available online on 10 July 2016 as a Fast Track article with title: "Against the tide of depoliticisation: The politics of research governance".

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