What does it mean to be a 'critical friend'?
- Online - Zoom link will be sent to you following registration
- Thursday 19 May 2022 (14:00-15:30)
In the latest of the HSMC at 50 seminars, Dr Chris Q Smith examines the relationship between policymakers and research.
The term ‘critical friend’ is commonly used to describe the relationship between policymakers and researchers. It represents an attempt to reconcile a core ethical dilemma in academia between how much scholars can pursue knowledge for its own sake, while also making an impact in the ‘real world’ of policy and practice. In this talk, Dr Chris Q Smith will draw on the work of Max Weber - and his own experience working with HSMC - to explore the extent such a balance is possible, using HSMC’s reputation as a 'critical friend' of the healthcare community as a case study.
About the Speaker:
Dr Chris Q Smith is a Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham with a long-standing relationship with HSMC. He first came to the department in 2012 to study a master’s degree as part of the NHS Management Training Scheme. He then returned in 2016 to undertake his PhD titled Moral Economy and the NHS: The Normative Dimension of Service Reconfiguration, which he completed in 2021. His primary interest is in using sociological theory to develop original insights into contemporary policy issues. His areas of expertise include the sociology of morality, classical social theory, qualitative fieldwork, and UK health policy.
The Health Services Management Centre Seminar series in 2022 forms part of the ‘HSMC at 50’ anniversary to celebrate the 50th anniversary of HSMC, which was founded in 1972.
During 2022 Seminars will be given by people associated with HSMC, such as current and former staff, former PhD students and Honorary and Associate staff.