“Let academics in real world”

An assessment of the role and impact of universities on wider society in Australia suggests that social science research does  not have much impact on the formation of public policy.

“It may seem a curious thing to politicians, public servants, industry, the media and the public that much research carried out in Australian universities does not seem to have much influence on public policy formulation.

“This problem seems particularly acute in the social sciences, and in areas where social science knowledge plays a key role, such as business schools.

“Peter Shergold of the University of NSW (and former secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet) has recently raised the issue of the role and impact of universities on the wider Australian society. He rightly asks why, despite all the research they do and the papers they write, so few university academics are engaged with real-world issues.

“Is this because academics prefer to stay securely locked up in their ivory towers, preferring to avoid the dirty contaminating world of politics and policy formulation? The answer in most cases is no…”

Read the full article from ‘The Australian’ here.

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YES Lets Academics in the real world ! I would even add, lets compel anyone willing to start a phD but also anyone likely to direct a phD thesis to first explore the real world before setting the topic of a phD! As a management practitioner having been called to work in several business schools both in Belgium and in different African countries, I couldn’t agree more with what you state! To me, competition over publication is only one part of the explanation as to why academics have isolated from the real world and subsequently they do not influence public… Read more »


very goog¿d review!! not only in Australia, the universities needs to have a real via of connection between public policies, investigations ande citizens, thsnk you very much!

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