Collaborative Research

Led by Carolina Rito, Head of Public Programmes and Research at Nottingham Contemporary; Isobel Whitelegg, Programme Co-Director, MA Art Museum & Gallery Studies at University of Leicester and Bill Balaskas, Associate Professor in Visual Communication & Research Coordinator at Nottingham Trent University.

When it comes to collaborative research between the cultural and the academic sectors, there is a general understanding that the cultural sector is the object and the recipient of the academic research findings. However, being the recipient does not make the cultural sector an active interlocutor in the research process, and does not acknowledge that cultural institutions are also site of knowledge production.

This working group aims to identify actions for a meaningful collaborative research, and reflect upon the co-development of research questions, frameworks and methodologies that benefit both sectors in terms of research development and impact.

Ideas discussed with practitioners and scholars included the following which will make up the priorities for this working group:

  • The inclusion of local communities to guarantee the rich ecology or each locality is reflected in research priorities.
  • The creation of more initiatives where sectors can share methodologies (PhD funding, postdocs, impact cases.)
  • The collation and sharing of innovative case studies in the field of collaborative research.
  • Exploration of collaborative research how collaborative research can be successfully and meaningfully reported back to REFs.
  • Contribution towards the general glossary of terms for the Midlands Culture Forum website to foster a broader understanding of research terminology and language in both Cultural Sector and HE.

See our Events section for further details on the next Forum get together for Cultural Education.