Research ‘impact’ and the humanities (and social sciences?)

Stefan Collini (Professor of English at the University of Cambridge) writes convincingly about the potentially adverse effects of attempts to assess the ‘impact’ of academic research in the humanities. In my view his comments also apply to much work in the social sciences and in those disciplines (such as geography, archaeology and anthropology) that straddle the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. His article for the Times Literary Supplement can be read here.

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