Voices from Oxford is a program of webcasts, originating from the University of Oxford but aimed at the four corners of the world. These webcasts are designed to bring the ideas, research and activities of the people of Oxford to the wider world. You can review the Voices from Oxford Website, or see some samples of Webcasts available on YouTube by searching for voicesfromoxford on YouTube. For example, there is an introduction to the series, and one of our most interesting treatments, called a ‘New Man Comes to Oxford’.
The VfO team, of which I am a member, view this work as research – an effort to communicate research to a broader audience in a way than enables the audience to comment and contribute to the subject matter. In doing so, Voices from Oxford is confronting a tradition in the sciences and humanities that sees the job of the researcher to stop when the refereed journal article is written, and leave it to the press, media and word of mouth to enable findings to trickle-down to potential users. Our view is that it is right for researchers to take a more active role in communicating research directly to a broader public. If you have a view on this matter, we would welcome your comments on this blog.
An Old Reference
Dutton, W. (1994), ‘Trickle-Down Social Science: A Personal Perspective,’ Social Sciences, 22, 2.