Demonstrating the true value of blogging to a research project:
Website will ‘maximise’ impact by bringing debate to policymakers and public. John Elmes reports
The editor of a new multidisciplinary blog run by London School of Economics academics has argued that the medium is “fundamental” for modern-day academics and their research output.
Patrick Dunleavy, professor of political science and public policy, was speaking about the launch of the European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) blog, the central mission of which is “to increase the public understanding of social science in the contexts of European governance and policy making” across the European Union and other European countries.
LSE has been a pioneer in the academic blogosphere, and EUROPP is a continuation of its British Politics and Policy (BPP) blog, created in the run-up to the 2010 general election.
To supplement a Higher Education Funding Council for England-funded research project aiming to demonstrate how academic research in the social sciences achieves public policy impact, Professor Dunleavy also set up an Impact of Social Sciences blog in 2011 as a “hub for anyone interested in maximising the impact of academic work in the social sciences and other disciplines”.
He said: “There is a new paradigm of how you do research. You can do research in real time and do much more. Every [research] project should have a blog.”
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