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Exploring attitudes to societal relevance: the effects of reflection on research practices among Swedish environmental scientists
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Biology and Environmental Science.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Biology and Environmental Science.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Studies. (DISA ; CSS)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2837-0137
2017 (English)In: Journal of Responsible Innovation, ISSN 2329-9460, E-ISSN 2329-9037Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Funding agencies and policy-makers have put increasing pressure on scientists to better clarify the usefulness of their research. It has been suggested that this may have led to an increased reflection on the societal relevance of research among the scientists themselves. However, this often is more an assumption than a carefully verified fact. This paper investigates whether reflection on societal relevance actually occurs and has a measurable effect on the choice of research and on dissemination activities performed by scientists. A survey was conducted among researchers in environmental science and technology at Swedish universities. Results show that researchers do frequently reflect upon the societal and environmental relevance of their work. We used path modelling techniques to assess how this influences their professional activities. Results show that reflection was important to explain both the choice of research and dissemination activities. Variables such as individual attitudes, experience and collaboration with external actors also affected these outcomes.

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2017.
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Mode 2, relevance of research, choice of research, environmental science, reflection
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Environmental Sciences Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
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Natural Science, Environmental Science; Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-68498DOI: 10.1080/23299460.2017.1387509OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-68498DiVA: diva2:1153424
Available from: 2017-10-30 Created: 2017-10-30 Last updated: 2017-11-09

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