Contract research as interactive social science

Simmons, Peter and Walker, Gordon (2000) Contract research as interactive social science. Science and Public Policy, 27 (3). pp. 193-201. ISSN 1471-5430

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The term ‘interactive social science’ refers to a collaborative pattern of researcher-user relationships. Interactive research has been characterised as a distinctive mode of knowledge production and contrasted to contract research. This article questions this stark distinction and considers evidence that, given appropriate conditions, many of the characteristics of interactive social science may be fostered within a contract research relationship. Drawing upon experience of conducting research for a British regulatory agency, the paper outlines conditions that will tend to facilitate or inhibit an ‘interactive’ approach to contract research.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Science, Society and Sustainability
Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Resources, Sustainability and Governance (former - to 2018)
Depositing User: Peter Simmons
Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2011 09:48
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2022 01:57
DOI: 10.3152/147154300781781995

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