Place: Birmingham, UK
Dates: 20th & 21st June 2013
Programme chair: Dr Ruth Blakeley. University of Kent. BISA Honorary Secretary
Conference Theme: Beyond the Ivory Tower: IR and the Real World
How much impact does international studies have on the real world? Do scholars have a responsibility to address policy and political concerns? The “impact” agenda, promoted by the UK research councils and assessed in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, presupposes that scholars can and should make a difference beyond the ivory tower. We have invited delegates to the 2013 conference to consider the ethical, methodological, and practical issues raised by the new emphasis on impact in academic research, and the implications for international studies.