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keynote lecture
Creating Publics
Prof Rachel Pain

This event took place on 19th February 2013 at 2:00pm (14:00 GMT)

Rachel Pain is Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Durham and co-directs the Centre for Social Justice and Community Action. Her research engages with topics including the theory and practice of participation, action research and the contemporary impact agenda. She will present the following:

Impacting publics: striking a blow or walking together?

The University is just one site where the idea of public good is under threat from marketisation and shallow audit rather than deep accountability. My starting point is alignment between Universities and a range of wider publics and organisations in the context of recession and austerity. Reflecting on different responses to the impact agenda, I suggest that the particular form of impact being measured is reproducing longer-standing power/knowledge hierarchies. I consider some alternative framings and practices of impact (with) publics.

For further information about this lecture series, contact Nick Mahony ( or see the Creating Publics blog (

More Details to come on CCIG website. rachel-pain-impacting-publics-striking-a-blow-or-walking-together


14:00 Welcome and introduction: Nick Mahony (CCIG)

14:10 Keynote lecture: Professor Rachel Pain (University of Durham)

15:00 Response by Clive Barnett (CCIG)

15:15 Q & A and collective discussion

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2:00 pm Keynote lecture
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