An Engaged Research Approach in Materials Science and Technology Projects: Perspectives and Impact (81177)

Session Information: Research Methodologies, Quantitative and Qualitative
Session Chair: Geun Cheol Lee

Saturday, 25 May 2024 17:10
Session: Session 5
Room: Room 605
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

Aligning with international calls for participatory science to enhance the voice of the public across science, technology, and knowledge-production (Campus Engage Ireland, 2022; Robinson et al., 2021; SFI, 2021), this research presents a case study of how multi-stakeholder, quadruple helix (Carayannis & Campbell, 2009), Engaged Research is perceived and operationalised to maximise societal and environmental impact within research projects at the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Advanced Materials and Bioengineering Research (AMBER) and beyond. Engaged Research refers to a broad range of research approaches and methodologies that involve working with multiple stakeholders (Campus Engage Ireland, 2022). Research Aim: To research the potential impacts, if any, of adopting a multi-disciplinary approach to materials science involving participants from quadruple helix societal groups including academia (materials science and social science), industry, government, and civil society. A mixed-method research design was implemented, collecting data from approximately 300 participants using surveys, semi-structured interviews, and dialogic workshops following an iterative research process (Hoffman et al., 2019). This talk will outline the key impacts, challenges, and drivers of forming inclusive, cross-disciplinary relationships, co-creating, and acting on collaborative goals to address societal challenges, and multi-stakeholder participation from research conception to evaluation and dissemination. Drivers that will be discussed include the stimulation of an external demand for innovative policy and practice and greater public accountability and understanding of the importance of research in our everyday lives. Challenges that will be discussed include involving quadruple helix participants at the grant-writing stage and recognition for non-academic research impact.

Sadhbh Crean, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Amy Fahy, Maynooth University, Ireland
Joeseph Roche, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Steven McCartney, Maynooth University, Ireland

About the Presenter(s)
Sadhbh Crean is a social science PhD researcher based in the School of Education in Trinity College Dublin. She is currently researching the perspectives of materials scientists on Engaged Research.

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