How do research cultures develop and what makes a successful research culture?

25 February 2016, 4pm


This Policy Workshop, in partnership with the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) will bring together researchers from the arts, humanities and social sciences with policy professionals from the research councils, learned societies and Whitehall.

Recently, the Nuffield Council on Bioethics’ report on The Culture of Scientific Research in the UK argued that open access and collaboration have helped enhance the quality of science, however, it also reported that researchers are concerned about issues such as well-being, publishing practices, competition and research governance and integrity.

Aims of the workshop

The aims of this workshop are to explore contributions from a range of disciplines to recent debates about research cultures. The discussion aims to be inclusive of a variety of periods and approaches, beyond the standard story of the development of science in the post-war period. The scope of the workshop will span research across all disciplines and will include consideration of research in industry, government and the third sector as well as in universities and institutes.

Outcomes of the workshop

The workshop will include suggestions for future research agendas to contribute to a better understanding of research cultures, promoting a richer evidence-base for the development of research policy interventions, and to contribute insights for the design of the next Research Excellence Framework (REF).

Topics will include
  • Competition and collaboration
  • Well-being and work-life balance
  • Pressures to overclaim and fraud
  • Gender and research cultures
  • Interdisciplinary research
  • Career progression and early-career researchers
You can find the report of this event here.
Policy Workshops
Our policy workshops help researchers at Cambridge consider and realise the potential policy impacts of their work and provide decision makers in government with an opportunity to test and shape their thinking on a range of policy issues.
Dr Steven Hill

Research England

Professor Dame Marilyn Strathern

Department of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge

Professor Dame Ottoline Leyser

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)

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