Monday, June 3, 2019
Research funding in the social science and humanities is tied to the requirement that researchers demonstrate their capacity to mobilize research-knowledge within and without their academic discipline. This requirement is linked to an imperative: researchers need to create impact. The capacity to translate research output into outcomes to create measurable impact serves as a validation of researchers’ activities. Practice across disciplines is however much more diverse than what current models suggest and would benefit from increased conceptual clarity. Researchers benefit from adequate systems of rewards and incentives when the nature and diversity of the activities in which they mobilize knowledge and create impact is properly understood.
The aim of the round table is to facilitate a consultation around a new framework for the assessment of knowledge mobilization activities in the social sciences and humanities. In particular, participants’ input will be invited in a discussion of “collaborative models of impact” in the SSH. These include, for instance, approaches to community-based research, explanatory journalism (The Conversation Canada) and cross-sectoral platforms such as The Collaborative which leverages collaborative skills training developed by Mitacs to support SSH-education across the elementary, secondary and post-secondary sectors. The objective will be to gain insight into the ways in which engagement can be incentivized and properly acknowledged and rewarded. Round table discussants include:
Samantha Brennan, Past President, Canadian Philosophical Association
Tina Fetner, President, Canadian Sociological Association
Chelsea Gabel, Director, McMaster Indigenous Research Institute
Nicole Goodman, Director, Centre for E-Democracy
Scott White, Chief Editor, The Conversation Canada
Tim Wilson, Executive Director, Grants and Partnerships, Social Science and Humanities Research Council.
Moderator: Sandra Lapointe. Project Director, The/La Collaborative
- Chelsea Gabel, Director, McMaster Indigenous Research Institute
- Scott White, Chief Editor, The Conversation Canada
- Tim Wilson, Executive Director, Grants and Partnerships, Social Science and Humanities Research Council