Dr. Vicky Ward
My research focuses on how people – especially those working in health and social care sectors – share knowledge with each other. The technical (and very un-snappy) term for my research area is ‘Knowledge Mobilisation’. I take a ‘social interaction’ approach to knowledge mobilisation which means that I am most interested in helping people to share knowledge by working alongside them and helping them talk to one another.
I have a longstanding (and slightly geeky) interest in knowledge mobilisation frameworks and theories, particularly those which focus on how different types of knowledge are created and mobilised. I also have an interest in knowledge brokering and am currently part of a team investigating the use of ‘embedded researchers’ (or Researchers in Residence) within healthcare organisations.
I have the enormous privilege of leading the UK Knowledge Mobilisation Forum, an annual 2 day event which brings together knowledge mobilisation researchers and practitioners working across a range of sectors. At the University of St Andrews I teach a module on ‘Knowledge Work’, am Co-Director of the Research Unit for Research Utilisation and co-lead the School of Management’s Knowledge and Practice thematic group.
Before branching out into knowledge mobilisation research, I had a career as a clarinet teacher and ran my own teaching practice. Find out how (and why) I made the move into knowledge mobilisation on my blog.