Translation, Insulation and Mediation

Universities and Community Engagement in an Age of Ambivalence
  • Tim May
  • Beth PerryEmail author


Our contribution to this volume is designed to provide a basis for understanding the range of factors that influence how universities, passively and actively, receive and act upon external messages regarding their roles and functions and the consequences this has for community engagement activities. For this purpose we draw upon a wide range of researchs that we have conducted for universities, as well as international comparative work on science, governance and regionalisation and cities and innovation. We argue that a mismatch between external demands and internal structures and systems leads to a preferencing of particular kinds of activities to the detriment of more socially-oriented or altruistic areas of work.


Community Engagement Knowledge Economy Knowledge Exchange League Table Funding Stream 
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A range of works underpins the framework offered in this chapter funded by the UK Research Councils (Economic and Social Research Council), research foundations (Ford Foundation), local partnership bodies (the Contact Partnership, Manchester) and universities (London South Bank, Salford University). Further information is available on our website at


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of SalfordManchesterUK

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