Reports, Workshops, Evaluations, Theses. From Research in ‘The Real World’ to a Q1 Academic Journal Article

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Presenter:  Professor Helen Verran, Senior Research Fellow and the HDR Network Coordinator, Northern Institute, Charles Darwin University

Date: Apr 13, 2021

Time: 10:30am to 11:30am

Contact person:  Northern Institute
T: 08 8946 7468

Location:  Virtual via ZOOM

In Professor Helen Verran’s talk she discusses how we get from the work-a-day research products required for the linkage projects and contract research which provides much of the research funding in Australia’s regional universities—which many think of as ‘real world research’, to acceptance by a Q1 journal, of a scholarly paper interpreting that research. This is often a puzzle felt acutely by postdoctoral and early career researchers in today’s social sciences. Part of the puzzle relates to a mismatch between the organisation of ‘real world research’, which tends to be associated with public policy areas, and the academic and scholarly worlds which tend to be organised by discipline, and criteria associated with particular epistemic practices.
Of course, the support of a mentor who is familiar with particular journals and the special disciplinary corners where your research might fit, and who has time to read and discuss your work is what all beginning researchers need, but this luxury is granted to very few in today’s academy. In its absence this seminar will discuss a few tricks by which progress towards a Q1 article from work-a-day research products might be achieved.
In particular she will focus on the idea of analytic concepts. Prof. Verran will discuss how articulating tensions between the forms of the empirical data you have assembled in your study, and acknowledgement of an emergent complexity of the analytic concept associated with your empirical material, can help in composing a scholarly academic journal article.

About Professor Helen Verran
Professor Helen Verran is a Senior Research Fellow and the HDR Network Coordinator at the Northern Institute, Charles Darwin University. In her current Northern Institute work Helen specialises in using ethnographic approaches in researching how situated knowledge can contribute to design of human services products that can be delivered by Indigenous organizations. Helen seeks to imagine policy processes that can lead to better designed and evaluated services products in the Northern Territory. Read her full profile here:

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