Involving the Publics in Research

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


In this final policy chapter we present further examples of policies that have supported community-engaged research, namely those linked to the involvement of the publics in research. Impetus for this is derived from political concerns with the public understanding of science. Over time, this agenda has shifted from communicating scientific results to engaging the public in all aspects of research. Two programmes which have generated a great deal of learning about community engaged research are the beacons for Public Engagement and the Public Engagement with Catalysts programme. Throughout, the question of the extent to which public engagement is community engagement is considered, harking back to earlier chapters reflecting on areas of academic activity.


Public understanding of science Public engagement Beacons for public engagement Catalyst programme 


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Authors and Affiliations

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

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