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Accountability in academic life, European perspectives on societal impact evaluation, edited by Michael Ochsner (senior researcher, Swiss Centre of Expertise in the Social Sciences (FORS), University of Lausanne, Switzerland) and Zoe Hope Bulaitis (assistant professor of liberal arts and natural sciences, University of Birmingham, UK) - (e-book)

"This insightful book explores the answers to two ongoing debates: how should societal impact of research be measured and to what extent are national research evaluation systems fit for purpose? In exploring these two questions, the selection of expert contributors provide thought-provoking cross-European analysis and establish a comparative perspective on "impact" in the twenty-first century. Bringing together important national case studies from social sciences and humanities (SSH), Accountability in Academic Life provides a detailed insight into the complexities faced ensuring that publicly-funded research creates true value for society. Furthermore, leading SSH experts provide policy recommendations and insights to navigate the contemporary research landscape and improve research methods. This book will be invaluable for scholars and students in science policy studies, providing both accessible stand-alone topics and greater in-depth discussions. Policymakers interested in the improvement of research evaluation leading to better scientific outcomes will also find this informative and illuminating"--, Provided by publisher
Table Of Contents
Contents: 1. Accountability in academic life: Introduction to European perspectives on societal impact evaluation / Michael Ochsner and Zoe Bulaitis -- Part I. Perspectives and policymaking: Summarising societal impact evaluation practices in Europe -- 2. Manifesto for a better societal impact evaluation / Michael Ochsner, Zoe Hope Bulaitis, Corina Balaban, Elena Castro-Martinez, Ondrej Daniel, Aldis Gedutis, Elea Gimenez-Toledo, Marlene Iseli, Stefan de Jong, Lai Ma, Jorge Manana-Rodriguez, Reeta Muhonen, Julia Olmos-Penuela, Ginevra Peruginelli, Eirikur Smari Sigurarson, Karel Sima, Jack Spaapen and Marc Vanholsbeeck -- 3. The need for historical inquiry into societal impact evaluation: Towards a genealogy of the notion of useful research / Aldis Gedutis, Zoe Hope Bulaitis and Michael Ochsner -- 4. Beyond the frame: Hard-to-assess research-impact nexuses in the social sciences and the humanities / Alis Oancea -- 5. Considering international contexts in societal impact evaluation and ssh: A perspective from eassh / Gabi Lombardo -- Part II. National perspectives on societal impact evaluation practices -- 6. Engaged scientists or public intellectuals: The disputed public role of ssh researchers within the French community of Belgium / Marc Vanholsbeeck -- 7. Societal impact evaluation in ssh in the Czech Republic: In defence against the strong stem application discourse / Karel Sima and Ondrej Daniel -- 8. Evaluation of societal impact of the social sciences and humanities in Finland / Reetta Muhonen, Laura Himanen and Janne Polonen -- 9. From moral panic to accountability: Societal impact, evaluations, and bibliometrics in Iceland / Eirikur Smari Sigurarson -- 10. Responsible societal impact (without) evaluation: Reflections from Ireland / Lai Ma -- 11. The Italian path to the evaluation of the third mission / Andrea Bonaccorsi and Ginevra Peruginelli -- 12. The (ssh) impact discourses in lithuania: Blissful impactlessness versus imminent impact? / Aldis Gedutis and Kestas Kirtiklis -- 13. Formative evaluation in the Netherlands: An opportunity for the arts, humanities and social sciences / Stefan de Jong and Jack Spaapen -- 14. SSH knowledge transfer and societal impact in Spain: From recognition at the individual level to institutional initiatives / Elea Gimenez-Toledo, Elena Castro-Martinez, Julia Olmos-Penuela and Jorge Manana-Rodriguez -- 15. Societal impact, innovation, or public value? Switzerland's approach to research impact evaluation and the ssh / Michael Ochsner, Corina Balaban and Marlene Iseli -- 16. Impact, innovation and the public humanities: Evaluating the societal impact of research in the United Kingdom / Zoe Hope Bulaitis -- Index
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