ERIC Number: EJ865524
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
Of What Benefit and to Whom? Linking Australian Humanities Research with Its "End Users"
Pitman, Tim; Berman, Judith E.
Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, v31 n4 p315-326 Nov 2009
There is increasing pressure for university researchers to secure "end-user" support for their research projects. Yet the ways in which this imperative affects humanities researchers, operating in a science-centric funding environment, have not yet been fully explored. This paper presents the findings of an empirical study into the experiences of humanities researchers in securing competitive national funding for research involving collaborations with the private and public sector. It also provides quantitative data as to the funding behaviour of one of Australia's peak research funding bodies, the Australian Research Council (ARC). The findings clearly show that humanities researchers struggle to secure support for their research. There is also evidence to suggest that, despite rhetorical support from the ARC that it values research which provides cultural benefit, it too particularly prioritises research that promises economic advantages for both the project's partners and wider community.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Research Universities, Higher Education, Educational Policy, Politics of Education, Resource Allocation, Researchers, Humanities, Public Sector, Private Sector, Partnerships in Education, Financial Support, Competition, Rhetoric, Value Judgment, Cultural Enrichment, Needs Assessment, Economic Development
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Australia