A comparative study into the social constructions of research policy and practice in the context of the global knowledge economy

Project leader

Funding source

Swedish Research Council - Vetenskapsrådet (VR)

Project Details

Start date: 01/01/2010
End date: 31/12/2011
Funding: 3915000 SEK


Staying "ahead of the field" in knowledge production is seen as crucially important to national economies in a globalised, highly competitive world. This research project directly addresses that important policy area through a comparative study of research policy and practice in Sweden and England in two academic disciplines: Economics and Sociology. Research in these fields is important for economic/social development, but has tended to lose out in the competition for funding to research in the science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) fields. As such, a study investigating research policy and practice in the social sciences in the current economic/political context is needed. This project also explores the social composition of research communities in these areas to address questions about who sets the research agendas, makes decisions about research funding, conducts research and controls access to research publication, and in what ways this impacts on what knowledge is produced. Most studies of research and knowledge production have tended to ignore these issues. A comparative study brings into sharp focus critical features of each national research infrastructure, features which would be much less clear within a purely one-dimensional national exploration. It will also suggest how the countries could learn from each other?s experiences. Significant theoretical development will also occur in terms of: intersectional analysis within a comparative educational study.

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