Creative research communication

Theory and practice

By Clare Wilkinson and Emma Weitkamp

Creative research communication


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Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-9651-8
  • Pages: 304
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £19.99
  • Published Date: March 2016
  • BIC Category: Research & information: general, LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Communication Studies, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Research, Research & Information: General, Sociology, Social research & statistics


Aimed at scholars interested in engaging the public with their research and postgraduate students exploring the practical aspects of research communication, this book provides a theoretically grounded introduction to new and emerging approaches to public engagement and research communication. Split into three sections, the reader first explores the historical approaches and current drivers for public engagement with research. Part two explores practical approaches to research engagement, from face-to-face communication in novel settings, such as festivals, through to artistic approaches, before considering new and emerging digital tools and approaches. Each practical chapter is theoretically grounded, exploring issues such as audience, interactivity, and impact. The final section explores ethical considerations in relation to public engagement as well as discussing the way that research communication fits into wider discussions about the impact of research, before concluding with a discussion around disseminating the success (or otherwise) of novel approaches to public engagement to wider groups, including public engagement practitioners.


'This is an excellent book that can be read from cover to cover or used as a reference text.'

Paul Webb, September 2016 in LSE review of books


Part I: Introduction
1. Creative research communication
2. History
3. Participants
Part II: Approach
4. Face-to-Face
5. Art
6. Digital
7. Social media
8. Political
9. Crowd-sourced research
Part III: Conclusion
10. Impact
11. Ethics
12. Dissemination


Clare Wilkinson is Associate Professor in Science Communication at the University of the West of England, Bristol

Emma Weitkamp is Associate Professor in Science Communication at the University of the West of England, Bristol

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