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Blog: Academics in ivory towers? It’s time to change the record

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May 2017

James Georgalakis asks whether it is time to replace the narrative of 'academics in ivory towers' with one that reflects the challenges, and realities, facing modern scholars. In his blog, published by Times Higher Education on 24 May 2017, he proposes that, “Instead, we should look to the global movement of scientists and academics marching on the streets to advocate for science in public policy. That it is a truer representation of modern academia. And we need to support them by institutionalising learning around how to maximise research impact.”

James Georgalakis is co-editor of The Social Realities of Knowledge for Development, an edited collection of articles that explore how academics, practitioners and donors work together to ensure evidence informs policies and practices that have a transformative impact on people's lives. 

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