Reflections of 'knowledge exchange professionals' in the social sciences : emerging opportunities and challenges for university-based knowledge brokers

Knight, C. and Lightowler, C. (2010) Reflections of 'knowledge exchange professionals' in the social sciences : emerging opportunities and challenges for university-based knowledge brokers. Evidence and Policy, 6 (4). pp. 543-556. ISSN 1744-2648

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Abstract

Through reflections on our own experiences, this paper explores one approach to knowledge exchange that appears to be being used increasingly in social sciences in Scottish universities: the employment of dedicated 'knowledge exchange professionals' or knowledge brokers. We argue that the ambiguity and hybridity of specialist knowledge exchange roles as they are emerging currently in university social science settings lead to challenges, although also opportunities, at different stages of knowledge exchange appointments. We discuss issues relating to recruitment; management and accountability; recognition and integration; professional support and development; and reward, promotion and career pathways.