Collaborative Research

Chaired by Carolina Rito, Head of Public Programmes and Research at Nottingham Contemporary; and co-convened by Bill Balaskas, Director of Research, School of Art and Architecture, Kingston University.

When it comes to collaborative research between the cultural and the academic sectors, there is a general understanding that the cultural sector is the object and the recipient of the academic research findings. However, being the recipient does not make the cultural sector an active interlocutor in the research process, and does not acknowledge that cultural institutions are also sites of knowledge production.

This working group aims to identify actions for a meaningful collaborative research, and reflect upon the co-development of research questions, frameworks and methodologies that benefit both sectors in research development and impact.

Ideas and priorities discussed with practitioners and scholars include the following:
. Shifting the way that we view research in a cultural context and in Higher Education, into a collaboration that brings sectors together from the beginning when defining research question and methods.
. Identifying and implementing new modalities of practice-based research informing the nature of collaborative doctoral awards, among other.
. Advocating accordingly to ACE and funding bodies, including Research Councils.

In response to the key areas of interest that were identified by the Higher Education and Cultural Sector stakeholders, our Working Group proposed and actioned the:

• An online glossary to foster a broader understanding of research terminology for both the Cultural Sector and Higher Education institutions.
• An online archive of regional case studies of successful collaborative research projects.
• A publication with essays presenting both speculative strategic visions and case studies of national and international collaborative research projects. (Institution as Praxis, Sternberg Press, upcoming February 2020)
• An advocacy document on collaborative research to Arts Council England based on the conferences, the discussion events, and the reception of the first three outputs by both HE and the Cultural Sector. You are able to download this document here.