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Examines the link between relevance and bias. Specifically examines this link for research on peace-building and post-conflict development, arguing that research must be coupled with action to shift power balances. This provides empowerment to help counteract the danger of being involved in the research, especially for those who are not able to leave the situation. […]
Some say the scholar-practitioner form of knowledge creation started with Kurt Lewin in the 1950’s. Others contend that it is the most natural form of knowledge creation practiced by people throughout time. This 30 minute video introduces the basic tenets of action research. After contrast is made with conventional social science, participants are left with: […]
Implementation science is based on observations and evidence accumulated since the 1960s. Even at this early stage, it is becoming clear there is a continuum of research, evaluation, and theorizing. One end of the continuum is marked by basic research and the other by applied research. Basic research is investigator/interest driven, focuses first on internal […]
Zeynep Tufekci addressing the topic “online social change: easy to organize, hard to win” points out “a network of tweets can unleash a global awareness campaign, but the outcomes are not proportional to the size and energy they inspire”. She looks back to the 1960s US civil rights movement and argues for the power of […]
Developing close working relationships between policing and academic organisations requires increased understanding of what is important to each organisation and how to build an effective collaboration. Assistant Commissioner Paul Doyle from the Queensland Police Service in Australia reflects on the benefits and challenges of such partnerships and describes a change in recruiting policy as an […]
Embedding police officers in police research organisations has many benefits arising from mutual understanding and trust. Four police officers from the Queensland Police Service in Australia were sequentially seconded to CEPS (Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security) between 2008-2013. The fourth, Jason Saunders, reflects on the process and outcomes, with a […]
This video describes how a complexity science based toolbox, especially different types of modelling, is used in complex multiple use environments, such as the coastal zones of Australia, to examine different scenarios for sustainable fishing options. The video starts by describing elements of complexity such as operating at scales from minute organisms up to areas […]
The Toolbox consists of a series of questions to probe team member views on the practice of science and acts as a stimulus for discussion. Questions cover motivation, methodology, confirmation, objectivity, values and reductionism and emergence. This philosophically structured dialogue can be used to uncover worldviews that frame what investigators see, what priorities they set, […]
These six videos provide perspectives from, respectively, the disciplines of clinical psychology, history, law, philosophy, physics and statistics on how each discipline deals with the unknown. Understanding and responding to unknowns does not fall neatly within a single discipline. Instead, different disciplines have different ways of thinking about and dealing with unknowns and there is […]
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An excellent introduction to creating powerful messages or ‘framing’ is provided by the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) entitled Framing: Creating powerful political message by Delft University of Technology. These notes are taken – sometimes verbatim – from the transcripts and videos. While the MOOC is focused on politics, the lessons are more broadly applicable. […]

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