Developing university-society partnerships with a focus on climate change impact research using the ‘business assist’ model
de Mora, S
Research for All
UCL IOE Press
© Copyright 2018 Ward, Butler, Adams, O’Callaghan, Warren, Wickett, Swire, de Mora and Uden. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Licence, which permits unrestricted use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
This article explores the experiences generated through a programme of engaged research with university–society partnerships focused on businesses, climate change impacts and environmental technologies. The programme was co-created through research and development collaborations between a university, several large organizations, including the Met Office, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, Regen SW and IBM, and ten small- to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Through a critically reflective narrative account and two case studies, which represent the perspectives of all involved, this article considers the processes of engagement, their effectiveness, the outcomes delivered and recommendations, as well as the context and influence of European policy – represented by the ‘business assist’ (BA) model – on creating engaged research. The co-creation of mutually beneficial space emerged as a key success factor, which challenged the short-term focus of the BA model.
Stage One of this research was conducted with the support of the European Regional Development Fund (2007–13), through funding provided for the Centre for Business and Climate Solutions based at the University of Exeter. Stage Two of this research was finalized as part of an Established Career Research Fellowship funded by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EP/K006924/1) and supported by industrial partners.
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Vol. 2 (1), pp. 163-174