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Terhi Esko, Juha Tuunainen, Achieving the social impact of science: An analysis of public press debate on urban development, Science and Public Policy, Volume 46, Issue 3, June 2019, Pages 404–414, https://doi.org/10.1093/scipol/scy067

Achieving the social impact of science : an analysis of public press debate on urban development

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Author: Esko, Terhi1; Tuunainen, Juha2
Organizations: 1Center for Research on Activity, Development and Learning (CRADLE), University of Helsinki, Siltavuorenpenger 1 A, Helsinki, Finland
2Oulu Business School, University of Oulu, Pentti Kaiteran katu 1, Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: embargoed
Persistent link: http://urn.fi/urn:nbn:fi-fe202002044405
Language: English
Published: Oxford University Press, 2019
Publish Date: 2020-11-23
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Abstract

Aligning itself with the interactive perspectives in research on science’s social impact, this article combines the concept of productive interactions with the method of framing. We argue that this provides a more nuanced picture of the productive interactions between researchers and stakeholders in the social sciences. This approach offers a way to address changes in human valuation and meaning-making in politically controversial issues where social impact is acquired through complicated processes of public press discussion over long periods of time. The social impact of research is demonstrated with reference to the debate between researchers and societal stakeholders about urban segregation in Helsinki, Finland. The case shows how researchers challenged the established housing policy and opened room for alteration of the public understanding of urban development and segregation. The article illustrates how productive interactions, strengthened with the notion of framing, support the achievement of the social impact of science.

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Series: Science and public policy
ISSN: 0302-3427
ISSN-E: 1471-5430
ISSN-L: 0302-3427
Volume: 46
Issue: 3
Pages: 404 - 414
DOI: 10.1093/scipol/scy067
OADOI: https://oadoi.org/10.1093/scipol/scy067
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 520 Other social sciences
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