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Title: Why is research-practice collaboration so challenging to achieve?: A creative tourism experiment
Authors: Duxbury, Nancy 
Bakas, Fiona Eva 
Carvalho, Cláudia Pato de 
Keywords: Research-and-application; Industry-academia gap; Knowledge mobilization; Participants as co-researchers; Reciprocity; Reflexivity; Para-ethnography; Rural; Portugal
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Project: 016437 
Serial title, monograph or event: Tourism Geographies
Abstract: Within tourism research, there has been little attention to research–practice knowledge exchange during the research process nor to practice-based research. This article examines a research-and-application project on creative tourism in which research–practice collaboration is explicitly foregrounded and made central. Through a reflexive process, the challenges this hybrid approach embodies and the pragmatic dilemmas that accompany the complexities of building closer research–practice relations and capturing practice-based knowledge are examined in three strategic areas: developing spaces for ongoing knowledge exchange, enabling practitioners to take on the role of co-researcher, and fostering researchers’ close attention to the application side of the project. In the context of the CREATOUR project, hybrid roles question who can do research, reinforce consideration of the added value of research processes for practitioners, and lead researchers to go beyond traditional research activities, with this ‘disruptive’ context causing tensions, uncertainties, and dynamic colearning situations. Ongoing interactions over time are necessary to build relations, understanding, and trust, while flexibility and responsiveness are vital to address emerging issues. Training on research–practice collaboration, knowledge transfer, and mentorship techniques for both researchers and practitioners is advised. Challenges in integrating practicebased knowledge directly into research articles suggest a customized communication platform may be a useful ‘bridging’ mechanism between practice-based and academic knowledge systems.
ISSN: 1461-6688
Rights: openAccess
Appears in Collections:I&D CES - Artigos em Revistas Internacionais

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