Topic 1.1.2 : Developing a typology of impact pathways for social sciences and the humanities

By 28 October 2016
Researcher: Reetta Muhonen
Researcher`s institution: University of Tampere
Host institution: Centre for Higher Education Policy Studies (University of Twente)
Period of stsm: 02.01.2017-28.02.2017
Funds approved: € 2,500

Topic 2: Developing a typology of impact pathways for social sciences and the humanities

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Host institution: The Center for Higher Education and Policies Studies (CHEPS) at the University of Twente (The Netherlands) is responsible, through Dr. Paul Benneworth within ENRESSH for developing policy recommendations for improving the relevance and societal impact from Social Sciences and Humanities research. Working Group 2 (WG2) is currently assembling a set of circa 100 social sciences and humanities (SSH) case studies (narratives) of successful impact cases from more than 20 countries. These narratives will then be systematically analysed to better understanding and reflecting on the different kinds of pathways through which SSH research can achieve societal impact. This will then be synthesised to produce a systematic typology of impact reflecting diversity in Europe’s social sciences and humanities research base.

Objectives: through the visit CHEPS to analyse these SSH case studies and develop the systematic typology of SSH societal impact generation; to develop this typology and ensure its cognateness with extant perspectives on research impact generation in a range of European projects (including IMPACTO, Siampi, HERAVALUE, EV-Impact). The researcher will work closely with the WG2 co-ordinators to produce a robust evidence base for the policy development work.

Results: one or more joint publications on the societal impact of SSH research with Dr. Paul Benneworth and Dr. Julia Olmos Peñuela (vice-coordination of WG2, University of Valencia, Spain).

This STSM is will be supported by participants in WG2 who cover a wide range of that experience in res impact generation.

Special criteria for this STSM: preferably the applicant has to be familiar with science, research and innovation (policy) studies or have experience in generating impact.

Practical details:

Working group: WG2 (Societal impact and Relevance of the SSH)

Duration: 1–2 months

Location: University of Twente, Enschede, The Nederlands

Contact: Paul Benneworth (