From Knowledge Transfer to Public Engagement

  • Carolyn KaganEmail author
  • John Diamond
Part of the Rethinking University-Community Policy Connections book series (REUNCOPOCO)


This chapter examines the realm of third stream activities and their interface with community engagement. The move from knowledge transfer to knowledge exchange legitimated engagement with communities and not just with businesses. The potential for both Collaborative Awards in Science and Engineering (CASE) studentships and Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) to embrace community engagement has been limited. Nevertheless, the shift to monitor community engagement, albeit as a small part of the third stream has legitimised creative ways of working with communities within different initiatives. The promotion of Public Engagement has provided an important and enabling context for community engaged practices, albeit within ever increasing pressures on time in both universities and community organisations, and in the face of a third stream agenda that emphasises economic growth rather than the social good.


Knowledge exchange HEIF HEBCIS Urban regeneration Public engagement Beacons Sustainable development 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyManchester Metropolitan UniversityManchesterUK
  2. 2.Edge Hill UniversityOrmskirkUK

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