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Title: Reflections of 'knowledge exchange professionals' in the social sciences: emerging opportunities and challenges for university-based knowledge brokers
Authors: Knight, Christine
Lightowler, Claire
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Keywords: knowledge brokering
blended professionals
higher education policy
research impact
Issue Date: Nov-2010
Citation: Knight C & Lightowler C (2010) Reflections of 'knowledge exchange professionals' in the social sciences: emerging opportunities and challenges for university-based knowledge brokers, Evidence and Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice, 6 (4), pp. 543-556.
Abstract: Through reflections on our own experiences, this paper explores one approach to knowledge exchange that appears to be being used increasingly in social sciences in Scottish universities: the employment of dedicated “knowledge exchange professionals” or knowledge brokers. We argue that the ambiguity and hybridity of specialist knowledge exchange roles as they are emerging currently in university social science settings lead to challenges, though also opportunities, at different stages of knowledge exchange appointments. We discuss issues relating to recruitment; management and accountability; recognition and integration; professional support and development; and reward, promotion and career pathways.
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