Back in February, Rachel Pain of Durham University presented a Keynote Lecture as part of a series organised by the Creating Publics project in the Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG) at the OU, on the theme of ‘Impacting publics: striking a blow or walking together?’. Her talk addressed the ambivalence of the impact agenda, as opening up some possibilities for people, for example, working in PAR traditions of social science. You can now listen to the lecture here, which also includes some bumbling comments from me as a ‘respondent’.
A plug for a new blog from my colleague Nick Mahony, Creating Publics, up and runnnig and still developing, which is all about the politics of doing public social science. Has news about forthcoming Lectures (by Larry Grossberg, Rachel Pain and John Holmwood) and workshops organised by the project of the same title which Nick is leading at the Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance.