Engaged Research Strategy

The UNIC Engaged Research Strategy creates a unifying framework for research policies and systems that puts the engagement and involvement of citizens, civil society, and public/cities at the heart of delivering excellence in research and innovation for societal impact. It embeds engaged research as a central and key model of practice for a European University of the future that is inclusive and responsive to society. This first ever European Engaged Research Strategy will be underpinned by leadership commitment marked by a new Joint Declaration signed by UNIC University and City Leaders.

Through this strategy, UNIC’s partners strive to mainstream engaged research to facilitate effective community-university partnerships by developing new infrastructure and processes within the university.The activities planned are ambitious, grounded in prior learning, they set out a radical vision to accelerate Engaged Research within and across the participating institutions and cities, and establish UNIC as a centre of excellence for Engaged Research in Europe and beyond. For UNIC, Engaged Research is an intrinsic enabler of research that is transdisciplinary and advances progress on collectively addressing societal challenges with external partners, including them as key contributors to the research cycle.

The attached strategy is draft of a long-term strategy for embedding research within the operations of UNIC, with an intentional focus on Engaged Research. The final strategy will be uploaded in August 2024.

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