The research report, ‘Creating Living Knowledge’, focuses on the lessons to be learned from the Connected Communities programme about how to bring together expert and public knowledges – a trend in both universities and the wider policy and public spheres.
The report highlights the need for the infrastructure for high quality research partnerships to be enhanced, by extending the Connected Communities funding approach across research councils, and for new funding schemes that allow community partners to take the lead in designing research problems and inviting in academic partners from an early stage as collaborators not merely evaluators.
The researchers also argue every effort should be made to avoid the risk of enhancing inequalities through collaborative research. The report calls for funders to develop a better understanding of the types of community partners, and the forms of funding and support that may be offered to or requested by different groups.
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