Education, Democracy and participation

New Research Voices - NRV


Who is behind this?

Paul O'Keeffe

New Research Voices


Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

New Research Voices (NRV) is an online journal and research sharing platform for academics, universities civil society organisations and the wider society. It was launched at the beginning of 2016 and developed on a voluntary basis with the aim of strengthening equal opportunities and freedom within academia and promoting the positive influence of research. Primarily it is an outlet for research sharing which serves as a social space to bring researchers together to promote free and open ideas.

Why does Europe need your idea?

The massification of higher education has not brought about an equalization of hierarchy within academia. Increasingly academics are finding it harder to find free sources to learn from and face mounting difficulties in getting their work published. This is largely due to increasing competition and economic inequalities between academic institutions, shaped by the influence of commercial interests which often dictate research agendas. NRV counters this by making academic free and open to all.

What is your impact?

Our ultimate aim is to ensure equal opportunities within academia and to provide balance to mainstream research agendas. The scope of the project in particular fosters the visibility of unusual research topics, exchange of new ideas, and support of researchers that are barely heard and yet merit attention. Overall, we intend to contribute to raising more awareness, more equality, more openness and more balanced "making" of research at European universities for a positive impact on our future.

How do you get there?

NRV aims to provide a growing open source where good ideas can be shared, regardless of their financial worth. We aim publish thematic volumes that incorporate a) innovative and current research topics often ignored in mainstream research agendas, that are shaping our knowledge about society; and b) articles written by academics, who are in a marginalized situation. We also publish interviews with these academics as podcasts and transcripts -giving them a 'real life' opportunity to share their ideas and experiences with a wider public, also beyond there narrow professional work/research field.

What is your story?


Who are you doing it for?

We are doing this for academics who are increasingly being marginalized by the traditional research system (due to their social, political or economic conditions or their unusual ideas). It gives them a voice and a platform which they would not normally have. In addition, we are creating this platform for the wider society so that we all can benefit from learning about new research and new ideas that we might not normally be exposed to.

What makes your idea stand apart?

While academic research networks already exist they do not bring academic research to the wider public and are usually confined behind expensive paywalls. By being a free and open resource NRV democratizes information and gives important research the voice that it normally does not have. Other networks do not personalise research and limit their appeal to restrictive fields. NRV presents research along with interviews with the authors so that their ideas can be explained and explored by all.

€ 50000,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 50000,-

Total budget

Major expenses

Website creation and maintenance, Personnel costs, Fees and Honoraries (Peer reviews), promoting publications at conferences.

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

As NRV is an open resource for all we encourage feedback and ideas from the public.


New Research Voices

Idea created on Feb. 25, 2016
Last edit on Oct. 30, 2017

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