Ideas or solutions. Pondering the business of academic research

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk


As Britain looks set to leave the European Union within a few months, the paper offers perspectives from the ‘new European margin’ on changes in the rhetoric and orientation of UK funding for research. Drawing from experiences in a Scottish design institute over 20 years and contemplating mission statements from The Times’ International University of the Year 2018 (HWU), the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) and the UK’s brand new research funding body UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), I consider how research came to be mentioned (always) alongside enterprise, whether expansion of knowledge could become a (distant?) third behind contribution to economic prosperity and national wellbeing, and how real a shift from basic to applied research is. Special attention will be paid to research and innovation within recent debates on rewilding versus taming the academic discipline of design.
Period19 Oct 2018
Held atUniversitaet Graz Institut für Kulturanthropologie und Europäische Ethnologie, Austria
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • design research
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Impact