Brokering communities of practice: a model of knowledge exchange and academic-practitioner collaboration developed in the context of community policing

Henry, A. and Mackenzie, S. (2012) Brokering communities of practice: a model of knowledge exchange and academic-practitioner collaboration developed in the context of community policing. Police Practice and Research, 13(4), pp. 315-328. (doi:10.1080/15614263.2012.671598)

Henry, A. and Mackenzie, S. (2012) Brokering communities of practice: a model of knowledge exchange and academic-practitioner collaboration developed in the context of community policing. Police Practice and Research, 13(4), pp. 315-328. (doi:10.1080/15614263.2012.671598)

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Abstract

Knowledge transfer and knowledge exchange have recently become commonly used terms in the social sciences. They imply a number of different relationships between researchers and practitioners, and between research and practice, although these have often remained implicit or underdeveloped. Drawing from the experience of designing, delivering and refining a three-year knowledge transfer fellowship on community policing, this article aims to critically appraise these concepts and the assumptions about ‘knowledge’ and academic-practitioner roles and relationships that underpin them. It examines the role of research in knowledge transfer and exchange collaborations and the importance of personal relationships and organisational structures in shaping and sustaining them. In so doing, we contend that the nature and scope of academic-practitioner collaborations (and the potential benefits and pitfalls inherent within them), is more meaningfully captured by a model that is introduced and sketched out in this article: ‘brokering communities of practice’.

Item Type:Articles (Other)
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Mackenzie, Professor Simon
Authors: Henry, A., and Mackenzie, S.
Subjects:H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Sociology Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences
Research Group:SCCJR
Journal Name:Police Practice and Research
ISSN:1561-4263
ISSN (Online):1477-271X
Published Online:30 March 2012

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
491721Community policing in ScotlandSimon MackenzieArts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)AH/G009929/1SPS - SOCIOLOGY