Journal Article

Worlds Apart? On the Possibilities of Police/Academic Collaborations

Monique Marks, Jennifer Wood, Faizel Ally, Tess Walsh and Abbey Witbooi

in Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice

Volume 4, issue 2, pages 112-118
Published in print January 2010 | ISSN: 1752-4512
Published online October 2009 | e-ISSN: 1752-4520 | DOI:
Worlds Apart? On the Possibilities of Police/Academic Collaborations

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This paper is co-authored by a group of researchers and practitioners who have worked together for sustained periods of time, having learnt that new wisdoms result as much from sharing knowledge and expertise as it does from forging relationships that are deeply personal. It explores ways in which police and academic researchers can work together to bring about new ways of thinking and acting within police organizations, using a research approach referred to as Participatory Action Research (PAR). The authors argue that small changes are significant and that real collaborations require both police and academic researchers to define themselves as actors with fluid identities and modes of intervention. They argue that the personality one brings to joint research endeavours is an essential transmission mode to ensure enduring change and influence.

Journal Article.  3630 words. 

Subjects: Policing

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