Research integrity has multiple meanings
Katrine Lindvig, Assistant professor at the Department of Science Education, UCPH, has together with Professor Sarah R. Davies investigated research integrity as a ‘policy object’. In a recently published paper, they reflect upon how this object is being assembled within the context of Denmark.
In recent years, research integrity has received increased attention from scientific governance. Many countries have opened up funding streams for research on (mis)conduct, and a number of international policy efforts have emerged around the topic.
In the paper: 'Assembling research integrity: negotiating a policy object in scientific governance', the authors frame research integrity as a ‘policy object’ and reflect upon how this object is being assembled within the context of Denmark. Using material from an interview study with actors within Danish research, the paper outlines how policy for research integrity is being imagined and practiced, first describing the diverse actants that are enrolled into the project of ‘research integrity’, and second discussing how responsibility is variously attributed to these.
The paper concludes that despite extensive efforts to define and settle research integrity as policy object, it continues to be assembled in diverse ways in different sites and by different actors. Even in a single national context, ‘research integrity’ remains multiple.
Sarah R Davies & Katrine Lindvig (2021): Assembling research integrity: negotiating a policy object in scientific governance, Critical Policy Studies, DOI: 10.1080/19460171.2021.1879660
Assistant professor, tenure track Katrine Lindvig, Department of Science Education, UCPH