In a collaborative effort between AMIN and the Professional and Academic Discourse research group at the Centre for Applied Linguistics, Johannes Angermuller presented a seminar titled “Academic mobility. Preliminary results from the DISCONEX project” on 16 February 2017. As Principal Investigator of the DISCONEX project, Johannes shared the background information about this ERC-funded project about academic researchers in mainly three countries (UK, France, Germany) and a small pool in USA. The project studies researchers in these countries from both qualitative and quantitative approaches.
The ‘fat wars’ in nutrition science and what it reveals about scientific discourse and the politics of doing scientific research
Researchers often struggle with how they are categorized by others
Researchers should be free from constraints that prevent them from the pursuit of scientific truth – this is an idea that universities all over the world like to pride themselves on. However, even the purest, most basic research is subject to pressures which are never exclusively scientific. Researchers are subject to a number of social constraints as they compete for resources, pursue careers, and network with others. In a nutshell, research is a social practice – a practice which does not only turn around ideas.
In my own career, I am often reminded of the social aspects of research when I interact with other researchers:I find it painful to be defined by a limited set of academic career parameters!