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Justyna Bandola-Gill

Justyna Bandola-Gill
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Justyna Bandola-Gill
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School of Social and Political Science University of Edinburgh
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http://www.sps.ed.ac.uk/gradschool/community_and_representation/research_student_profiles/science_and_technology_studies/justyna_bandola-gill

PhD Topic

My research project looks at knowledge brokers established at UK universities and their embodiment between the calls for “evidence-based policy” (e.g. Cabinet Office, 1999, 2000) and “useable science” (Ingold & Gschwend, 2014). An important dimension at the intersection of these two postulates is the dominance of “impact” as an assessment criterion for academic endeavours. So-called knowledge brokers represent one of the strategies established within higher education to secure research impact on behalf of individual researchers or research groups (ESRC, 2009). Knowledge brokers appear to embody multiple tensions inherent to both science and policy. Focusing on knowledge brokerage organisations opens up the possibility of exploring a multiplicity of different “impacts” in context, as well as the limits of the research-based policy change. Knowledge brokers facilitate cooperation between different groups within academia and policy; therefore their work entails navigation between varied epistemologies and cultures within and across these two realms.

The goal of my PhD study is to explore the concept of knowledge brokerage in higher education and the mechanisms through which it may occur. My theoretical approach combines STS and policy studies frameworks in order to account for multiple dimensions of the science-policy relationship. The research design involves an exploratory, in-depth study, focused on two cases of knowledge brokers from the higher education sector.

PhD supervisors 

Qualifications

2015 – MSc by Research (with Distinction) in STS, University of Edinburgh

2010 – MA in political science, Jagiellonian University

Additional training

2016 - Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research and Policy (SCPHRP) workshop “Introduction to systematic reviews” (two-day course)

2014 - Essex Summer School in Social Science Data Analysis and Collection, University of Essex

  • Courses: Advanced Social Network Analysis, Mixed Methods Research, Case Study Methods

2013 - ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research, University of Michigan

  • Courses: Network Analysis, Advanced Regression Analysis, Scaling and Dimensional Analysis, Applied Multilevel Models
  • Empirical Implications of Theoretical Models (EITM) Certification

Awards

The Best Poster Prize at the 3rd Fuse International KE Conference

Funding 

2016 - SSPS PhD Conference Fund

2015-2018 – Principal’s Career Development Scholarship, University of Edinburgh

2014 – Highly Skilled Workforce Scholarship, University of Edinburgh

2013 – Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (research grant in USA), Jagiellonian University and University of Washington

Research experience

2014-2015 – Research Assistant to Prof. Catherine Lyall, University of Edinburgh

  • Project: Interdisciplinary provision in higher education: current and future challenges

2013 – 2014 – Research assistant, Cheryl Kaiser Social Identity Lab, University of Washington in Seattle                                       

Teaching experience

  • Health Systems Analysis (Tutor) - 2015/2016 and 2016/2017
  • Doing social research with statistics (Tutor) - 2015/2016

University involvement  

  • 2015 - 2016 - member of the organising committee of the SSU 50th Anniversary Celebration
  • 2014 – 2016 – organiser of ISSTI PhD Seminar Series