Scientists' coping strategies in an evolving research system: the case of life scientists in the UK

Norma Morris, Arie Rip

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    Abstract

    Scientists in academia have struggled to adjust to a policy climate of uncertain funding and loss of freedom from direction and control. How UK life scientists have negotiated this challenge, and with what consequences for their research and the research system, is the empirical entrance point of this paper. We find that policy impacts can be modulated and buffered by strategies and compromises devised and deployed at research performer level. This shifts conceptualisation from terms of responses to one of more or less proactive strategies of scientists and science organisations which add up, intentionally or unintentionally, to shifts in the overall system.
    Original languageUndefined
    Pages (from-to)253-263
    Number of pages11
    JournalScience and public policy
    Volume33
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2006

    Keywords

    • METIS-234552
    • IR-58134

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