“The University is just one site where the idea of public good is under threat from marketisation and shallow audit rather than deep accountability. My starting point is alignment between Universities and a range of wider publics and organisations in the context of recession and austerity. Reflecting on different responses to the impact agenda, I suggest that the particular form of impact being measured is reproducing longer-standing power/knowledge hierarchies. I consider some alternative framings and practices of impact (with) publics.”
Rachel Pain is Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Durham and co-directs the Centre for Social Justice and Community Action. Professor Pain’s research engages with topics including the theory and practice of participation, action research and the contemporary impact agenda.
This keynote lecture event will take place on 16 May 2012. If you would like to participate in the discussion, you are invited to join us in person at the Open University in Milton Keynes or get involved via the live webcast. To register to attend in person, please email Sarah Batt (firstname.lastname@example.org). Programme details and web address for webcast to be announced soon.