Eliel Cohen

Email: ecohen1@sheffield.ac.uk
Supervisor: Dr Vassiliki Papatsiba



Thesis Title

The knowledge practices underpinning ‘impactful’ academic research in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014

Details of research

I am interested the conceptualisation and ‘management’ of knowledge in the context of an Impact Agenda. I analyse the knowledge practices of research projects/units responsible for highly-rated impacts in REF 2014. Themes and questions include:

1) What is the role of (inter-)disciplinarity?

2) What defines and determines:

a) the ‘problem choice’?
b) the aims and objectives (i.e. for understanding or use)?
c) the inclusion of non-academic sites and collaborators?
d) the structure of funding streams?
3) What is the relationship of knowledge-production to other knowledge activities?
a) teaching/training
b) knowledge brokering
c) dissemination, and other forms of engagement


2014 - MA Education, University of London (Institute of Education), Distinction

2009 - BA Sociology, University of Newcastle, First Class (Prize for Best Dissertation; Prize for Best Stage 3 Performance)

Papers and other activities

OCT 2016 – SEP 2017: School of Education PGR Student Representative.

OCT 2016 – ongoing: Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) in the School of Education

APR 2016: ‘Can theory-building and narrative-building make higher education research more policy-relevant?’ Presentations at TUOS Centre for the Study of Higher Education (CSHE) seminar, and; SRHE/OFFA seminar, Using Research to inform higher education policy and practice.

MAR 2016: ‘Critical Realism: a ‘third way’ between positivism and hermeneutics in education research?’ Presentation at TUOS School of Education, Methodology Symposium.

FEB 2016: ‘Researching STEM priority status in higher education’. Presentation at TUOS launch conference of the ESRC Centre for Global Higher Education (CGHE), Global HE: The Next Five Years.

NOV 2015 – Present: Employed by TUOS’ Widening Participation Research and Evaluation Unit (WPREU) as an ad hoc Qualitative Researcher.