The Impact Agenda and Its Impact on Early Career Researchers

A Discussion with Marilyn Strathern

in Volume 23 (2016): Issue 1 (Mar 2016): Towards Communities of Practice in Global Sustainability. Guest Editors: Carl A. Maida and Sam Beck

As part of my ‘impact editor’ role for Anthropology in Action I approached Professor Marilyn Strathern to seek her personal reflections on the impact agenda related to her own experiences working as head of department, at Manchester and Cambridge Universities, as member and then chair of two Research Assessment Exercise panels, her anthropological research in Papua New Guinea and her work on audit culture. I wanted to find out how Professor Strathern’s work has been engaged with policy and practice or has influenced it. I also discussed my own PhD research with Professor Strathern, including the challenges of being an early career researcher, as well as seeking advice about the best way to disseminate research findings to inform policy and to have ‘impact’.

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