University of St Andrews

McKee Featured in University Open Access Blog

Friday 08 August 2014

Dr Kim McKee, lecturer in the Department of Geography & Sustainable Development was featured in the University library’s recent blog.

The University library blog celebrated reaching 4000 open access hits!

Kim has the highest Open Access Ratio in the University, with her 2009 paper Post-Foucauldian Governmentality: what does it offer critical social policy analysis?  being the fourth most downloaded paper of all the Open Access publications in PURE in the past year, and the fifth most viewed.

In her interview for the blog Kim said:

"I’m delighted to hear I have the highest Open Access Ratio in PURE!  As a researcher engaged in policy-relevant research in the fields of housing and social policy, it is really important to me that my work reaches a wider audience beyond the academy.  Open Access is a really easy and accessible way for me to make my work freely available to colleagues in policy and practice who may not have institutional subscriptions to academic journals.  But it also benefits me as an author by increasing the visibility of my research in the public domain, and maximising the likelihood of it impacting and influencing policy agendas.  I think Open Access and Social Media (e.g. blogging, tweeting) are the future of academic publishing, and I would encourage all academics to think about how they can take this forward in their own work.  Advancing and sharing knowledge is at the heart of what we do as researchers, and Research@StAndrews can really support and enable this process whilst also protecting intellectual property and copyright."

Kim is the Director of the Centre for Housing Research, an applied research centre committed to knowledge exchange and public engagement beyond the academy.

For more information about the research she and her colleagues are engaged in please see the Centre for Housing Research website.