The Power of Research Quality Assessments in Shaping Research Agendas

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


This chapter overviews ways in which community engagement has been affected by policies about research, themselves dominated by concerns about how to allocate funding for what kinds of research, in the context of the expansion of higher education. Funding has been tied to assessments of quality, and frameworks for assessing research quality have evolved over the years and have distorted research activity in a number of ways. In parallel, policy has both constructed and reflected political and public concerns about value for money and the impact of research. The roles played by academic publishers in advancing a metrics approach to the management of research is reviewed.


Research Funding Research selectivity RAE REF Capability Academic publishers Impact 


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Authors and Affiliations

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

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