Linking Academic Research and Policymaking
This chapter explores the challenges that Indonesian academics face in producing policy-relevant research and using research evidence to inform policymaking. National- and university-level policies and practices discourage academics from undertaking research. These disincentives include a lack of funding for research, an overly strong emphasis on teaching and undervaluing of research and a less financially rewarding and unclear career path for researchers. Teaching and research in Indonesian universities tend to promote specialised, rather than broad-based, knowledge. This limits universities’ ability to bring interdisciplinary perspectives to bear on the complex social and economic problems faced by Indonesia. There is a marked divide between the political world of policymaking and the intellectual world of research: policymakers’ needs and priorities are not well communicated, and academic researchers seldom see policymakers or the public as key audiences for their research. The authors of this chapter reflect on these challenges and provide insights into how the development of a strong, interdisciplinary research culture in universities can support policymakers to develop appropriate policy responses to the issues confronting Indonesia today and in the future.
KeywordsUniversity research Academic research Knowledge sector Research funding Human resources Research culture Policymaking
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