HERA "Cultural Encounters" Knowledge Exchange (KE) Support

Lead Research Organisation: Birmingham City University
Department Name: ADM Birmingham Sch of Media


The project will provide developmental Knowledge Exchange support for the 18 transnational collaborative research projects funded within the Humanities in the European Research Area's 'Cultural Encounters' programme. The project will involve liaising with HERA project teams and non-academic partners across Europe, capturing the Knowledge Exchange work undertaken within each consortium, identifying common themes and models of good practice, and making recommendations for enhancing KE activities both within individual projects and the HERA programme more broadly.

A final report will be delivered in January 2016 and report findings will be presented to the HERA JRP board at the end of February 2016.


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Description Knowledge Exchange forms an integral part of the HERA Joint Research Programme (JRP). Since 2013, the 18 projects funded under the HERA Cultural Encounters JRP have established an impressive range of international partnerships both within and outside academia. High quality, world leading, research has been undertaken in collaboration with Associated Partners, and the breadth of collaboration demonstrates the potential of humanities research to have a significant impact on organisations and individuals operating within and beyond the cultural, creative and heritage sectors.

Key findings include thematic links between the 18 Cultural Encounters projects and a series of recommnedations for how KE activities could be supported in future.
Exploitation Route The HERA JRP board and management team will use these findings as part of their ongoing support of Knowledge Exchange.
Sectors Communities and Social Services/Policy,Creative Economy,Education,Leisure Activities, including Sports, Recreation and Tourism,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections,Other

Description The report 'The Dynamics of Exchange' will infomr future Knowledge Exchange policy and practices for the HERA Joint Research Programme. Cultural Encounters project teams have already described changes in their approach to KE following this consultation.
First Year Of Impact 2016
Sector Other
Impact Types Cultural

Description Presentation to HERA JRP Board and Management Group 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Supporters
Results and Impact This presentation built on the findings and recommendations of the HERA KE report, 'The Dynamics of Exchange'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016