Theorizing Research Policy: A Framework for Higher Education

  • Amy Scott Metcalfe
Part of the Handbook of Theory and Research book series (HATR, volume 23)

This work endeavors to provide a framework for the study of research policy from the perspective of the field of higher education, which considers institutional policies, as well as state, federal, and international policies. It requires contextualizing the study of research policy with an historical overview of the rise of academic research in the United States and its connections to the field of science policy studies. In addition, it is necessary to define the scope of research policy, which is done here through a typology that organizes the various strands of research policy into the thematic categories mission, support, management, and translation. Finally, to address this broad conceptualization of research policy, the macro-level theory of political economy is described, but with important re-conceptualizations recommended for the inclusion of meso-level and micro- level intersections between politics and the economy.


research policy technology transfer political economy research science policy policy studies entrepreneurial universities innovation systems economic development intellectual property academic labor 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Amy Scott Metcalfe
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  1. 1.Higher Education in the Department of Educational StudiesUniversity of British ColumbiaColumbia

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