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Session
FB: Research 1
Time:
Friday, 04/Nov/2022:
11:00am - 12:30pm

Location: EQ-204

65 seat horseshoe

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BUILDING (AND BURNING) BRIDGES: THE CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES OF RESEARCH PARTNERSHIPS WITH GOVERNMENT AND NON-GOVERNMENT ORGANISATIONS AND INDUSTRY

Kath Albury1, Christopher Dietzel2, Alice Marwick3, Anthony McCosker1, Theresa Senft4

1Swinburne University of Technology, Australia; 2McGill University, Canada; 3University of North Carolina, USA; 4Macquarie University, Australia

This Open Fishbowl session invites #AoIR22 participants who have partnered with, or consulted for government agencies, non-profits, and industry and community organizations to reflect on the challenges, opportunities and insights that arise through these relationships.

As scholars, we want to participate in knowledge translation and have public impact, but these activities can push us out of our comfort zones. For example, policymakers’ and practitioners’ framing of terms such online safety, and (mis)information can be very much at odds with the ways internet researchers understand these concepts. At the same time, our own perspectives can lead us to overlook important pragmatic considerations that are essential for ensuring research insights are meaningfully applied in everyday contexts. While we know that internet researchers globally are participating in these kinds of research partnerships, there is no established template for this work.

Consequently, we ask our colleagues to join a conversation that engages with the following questions: What have we learnt from our funders, organisational partners and collaborators? Whose knowledge and interests are centred when academics work with governments, non-government organisations, and/or industry partners? Where have we built (and burnt) bridges? Whose voices and perspectives can be amplified (or excluded) when we collaborate to translate research into the public sphere via reports, educational campaigns and other ‘interventions’? And finally, how can we best share our collective insights in order to support and enrich future research and practice? We encourage session attendees to share surprises, epiphanies and lingering questions, as well as critical reflections.



 
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