Conducting commissioned research in neoliberal academia: The conditions evaluations impose on research practice

Richter, M.; Hostettler, Ueli (2015). Conducting commissioned research in neoliberal academia: The conditions evaluations impose on research practice. Current sociology, 63(4), pp. 493-510. Sage 10.1177/0011392114562497

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The article deals with the unease we experience during various commissioned research projects. On the one hand, as social scientists, we feel committed to conducting ‘good research’ that acknowledges quality criteria such as flexibility and transparency and in particular allows for musing and reflexivity to ‘discover’ new aspects of our research topic. On the other hand, we are situated in the context of present-day neoliberal academia. This means that our work is assessed according to a culture of audit characteristic for neoliberal management of universities that values publication indexes and fundamental research. At the same time, universities strive increasingly for third-party funding that favors commissioned research. This article discusses how commissioned research conditions our evaluations and research practice and how these conditions might conflict with the ‘good research’ we hope to conduct.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

02 Faculty of Law > Department of Penal Law > Institute for Penal Law and Criminology > Chair Prof. Weber
02 Faculty of Law > Department of Penal Law > Institute for Penal Law and Criminology

UniBE Contributor:

Hostettler, Ueli

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 360 Social problems & social services
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 340 Law

ISSN:

0011-3921

Publisher:

Sage

Language:

English

Submitter:

Ulrich Hostettler-Macias

Date Deposited:

13 Sep 2016 10:54

Last Modified:

17 Sep 2018 07:44

Publisher DOI:

10.1177/0011392114562497

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.87916

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/87916

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