Knowledge transfer under scrutininy



What are the valorization and knowledge transfer practices used by university social science professors in Québec?

Almost half (49.6%) of the professors had appeared on at least one radio show and nearly a third (32.1%) on a television show.

That is the question that Université Laval Political Science professor Mathieu Ouimet sought to answer by conducting one of the few studies on the subject. He surveyed 321 professors working in six disciplines. Approximately one third (32.1%) of them reported having produced at least one research paper for a public or parapublic organization in the previous 18 months, and nearly a quarter (23.6%) had had at least one article published in a newspaper or news magazine. The production of research papers for a non-profit organization (15.4%), a professional order or association (10.2%) or a private for-profit organisation (3.7%) was less frequent. Almost half (49.6%) of the professors had appeared on at least one radio show and nearly a third (32.1%) on a television show.

On the other hand, during the negotiation of their annual workload with their unit director, only 16.5 % of respondents said they were explicitly encouraged to engage in valorization activities aimed at non-academic audiences. In terms of the allocation of funding grants, these results could feed the reflection of deans of social science faculties, research unit directors and professors concerned with the issue of knowledge transfer outside the academic community.