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Workshop to provide insight on how to engage in collaborative research, and strategies to develop capacity for collaboration on the part of researchers

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  • 1. Collaboration in research Dr Peter Kahn Centre for Lifelong Learning University of Liverpool

2. The growth of collaboration as see through the Science Citation Index, from Katz and Hicks (1995) 3. Tackling Campylobacter in the food chain Collaboration with Defra and the FSA to study Campylobacter in the food chain 4. A trans-disciplinary research programme funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. 5. The European Research and Education Collaboration with Asia (EURECA) project Facebook Group 6. Paul Erds 7. What is collaboration? two or more parties from potentially disparate settings working together to achieve a common (academic) goal (adapted from Walsh and Kahn, 2009) 8. Context Research involves work at the boundaries of what is possible. Troublesome activity; Emergent working Technology/mobility facilitates and drives collaborative research Embedding within a global research system Research foci crossing boundaries, policy and funding frameworks, social infrastructure 9. Impact Does the impact of research depend on collaboration? How might greater capacity for collaborative working benefit your career? 10. Role profile - Research Grade 9 Lead and develop external networks for example with other active researchers and leading thinkers in the field. Develop links with external contacts such as other educational and research bodies, employers, professional bodies and other providers of funding and research initiatives to foster collaboration and generate income. Lead teams within areas of responsibility. Ensure that teams within the department work together. Act to resolve conflicts within and between teams. 11. A model for collaborative research, from Walsh and Kahn (2009) 12. Collaborative vehicles The underlying social basis for working together manifested through formal organisation, clear agreements, agreed roles, shared practices, regular patterns of meeting, events, relationships. Other infrastructure to support collaborative research Technology, equipment, ... 13. A need for dialogue Collaboration often involve working across differences in expertise, knowledge, culture, ... dialogue can ensure cohesion, trust, mutual understanding and so on. Our context suggests that a premium is placed on understanding: dialogue provides a basis for understanding and new insights. 14. Personal engagement Underlying concerns maximising performance, social ideals, communication? A role can catalyse engagement offering contact between social structure and agency Capacity for joint action - McIntyre and Dweck Securing insight reflexivity, attention and dialogue 15. Exercise 1 Stories from prior experiences of working collaboratively where persistence was required, discussion resulted in insight, or existing infrastructure made the difference? 16. Exercise 2: engagement In pairs, introduce your research interests to each other. Can you identify any common interests in areas you are currently trying to progress? 17. Exercise 3 In pairs, can you identify any ways to strengthen the articulation between your research and your own concerns? What is it that matters to you? In what ways does this relate to your research? 18. (Exercise 4) In pairs, consider what skills/expertise you possess that could be used to support collaborative research? How can you capitalise on this expertise? 19. Exercise 5: dialogue How can you further integrate discussion or exchanges with others as an integral element of your (collaborative) research? Discussion with someone who has a perspective or skill-set that would benefit your research? 20. Exercise 6: infrastructure Can you identify any infrastructure of which you could take greater advantage? Social: meetings (research seminars), relationships (other forms of support), events, funding, roles (looking after a machine), professional networks, Technology (software that you could start using, web 2.0, ) 21. Taking it forward Identify any actions that you can take as a result of attending this session. Or are there any key insights that you will take away from the session? 22. References Katz, J. and Hicks, D. (1995) Questions of collaboration, Nature 375, 99. Walsh L and Kahn P (2009) Collaborative working in higher education, Routledge, London.