Embracing Plurality: Challenges of Research on Social Issues
Social researchers are a diverse set of professionals involved in work that transcends disciplinary and institutional boundaries and involves a variety of collaborative partnerships. The environment in which we pose questions, develop research strategies and generate information is increasingly complex and involves interaction with a multiplicity of stakeholders. We negotiate these challenges at a time of intensified competition for contestable research funds. Many researchers are responding creatively and experimentally to these challenges and opportunities. The RSNZ and UNESCO Embracing Plurality Workshop is an opportunity to discuss collaborative social research practices that are plural with respect to those who pose the questions, design the research, generate new ideas and information and interpret the findings. It brings together researchers, policy advisers and end-users to focus on forms of research practice that in various ways 'embrace plurality'.