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Responsive research: putting the innovative back into agendas for innovation

Summary

What kind of research should be supported by government? Can research be responsive to public needs and priorities? These questions have a long history, but are starting to generate renewed discussions around research policy today.

In this paper, Sujatha Raman (Deputy Director of the Leverhulme Making Science Public Research Programme at the University of Nottingham) explores why the idea of responsive research is important, what it means, and the conditions required to put it into practice. Dr Raman argues that we need to pay closer attention to three key questions clarifying the proper place of research and its relationship to public priorities and the innovation system.

Also see below, a related webinar recording of a presentation by Dr Raman on what it means to be responsive, how this applies to responsiveness in research practice, and the implications for public dialogue.

 

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