From the LSE Impact blog, a complementary attempt to codify best practices for achieving impact: Drawing on a range of evidence-based principles that underpin impact delivery, The Research Impact Handbook by Mark Reed aims to equip researchers with the skills and confidence needed to embed impact in their own research. Steven Hill, Head of Research Policy at HEFCE, […]

Another instance of the gap between knowledge production and knowledge use, and what some federal funding agencies in the US are doing about it. Eli Berman, a professor of economics at the University of California at San Diego, does work that many would see as vitally important: He analyzes global trouble spots in the hopes […]

  John Horgan at Scientific American asks physicist George Ellis about other leading physicists’ disparaging claims concerning the value of philosophy. Ellis’s response, in a nutshell: ignoring the philosophical side of physics doesn’t make it disappear, it just makes you do it badly. Horgan: [Lawrence] Krauss, Stephen Hawking and Neil deGrasse Tyson have been bashing philosophy as a waste […]

I sympathize with pleas like this one for academics to resist the pressures of the impact agenda. Serendipity clearly is a factor in achieving influence, and no doubt there are many historical examples of academic work that has achieved significant impact without its progenitors having any intention of doing so. But is it not the case that serendipity is […]

A William James moment: Mariana Valverde on the foundations of disciplines, and what this can illuminate about how to respond to the co-opting of ‘interdisciplinarity’ as hollow administrative jargon. She uses the term ‘infradiscipline’ to describe the knowledge production regime from which contemporary disciplines arose, and argues for recovering this sense of scholarship to counter […]

Philosophers have believed they were trying to break free from the chains of an abstract discourse and that talking about real-world issues through applied philosophy would be enough fuel to achieve escape velocity. But the gravitational pull holding them back was institutional rather than discursive in nature. Hale has a point about the lack of tools; […]

Even when a public space is open philosophers do not venture there. Philosophers are not merely victims of a closed public space. Even when an opportunity arises to make a contribution philosophers are unlikely to, as Hannah Arendt puts it, “go visiting” there. Indeed, instead of protesting their fringe status, philosophers have too often treated […]