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Knowledge and Practice

The Knowledge and Practice Group examines the relationship between knowledge and practice, in various areas of work across the private, public and third sectors. The group is interested in the different ways in which the relationship between knowledge and practice influences, and is influenced by, the actions and routines of individuals, groups and organisations.

Researchers in the group draw on multiple disciplines to examine the inter-relationship between knowledge and practice, using a range of methods and theoretical perspectives. Research spans micro-, meso- and macro-level analyses of knowing and doing, policy, and the development of knowledge and practice. This includes studies of:

  • development of expertise, identities and new practices (healthcare, business networks, accounting and creative settings)
  • mobilisation of research-based knowledge (educational, environmental, healthcare, social care and philanthropy)
  • features and impact of knowledge co-creation (government, healthcare, environment).

Knowledge and Practice researchers work both individually and as part of sub-groups. One of these group activities was the production of a book, Knowledge and Practice in Business and Organisations, which showcases some of the research undertaken by group members. The book includes a discussion of the group's collective understanding of the main perspectives regarding the inter-relationship between knowledge and practice, and provides an emerging conceptual map of this field of research.

Members of Knowledge and Practice are also part of the Research Unit for Research Utilisation (RURU) and the Centre for the Study of Philanthropy and Public Good (CSPPG).

Knowledge and Practice members