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The Uses and Abuses of Research: between Game Playing, Pure Knowledge and A...

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Part of the EHU Graduate School's Critical Discussions series.

Generally speaking, the studies engaged with by research postgraduates are valued not just for their knowledge but as research training. Likewise, research is regarded as either having value as 'pure knowledge' for itself, or more recently and for the majority of research, valued for its applications? This is partly manifest in the REF, where impact is deemed important as well as the ranking of research for itself. Whilst all academics are clear on the value of their work, and many would argue their work has important applications, there is also a sense in which research production is part of an elaborate research game, in which the research communities perpetuate themselves as much as add to value.

Discussions around these different approaches and understandings of research raise important questions about how the research we do is valued and how we should understand what research is for.

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