Researchers Behind Policy Development: Comparing ‘Age-Friendly Cities’ Models in Quebec and Wallonia. Moulaert, T. and Garon, S. Journal of Social Work Practice, 29(1):23–35, January, 2015.
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Based on a reflexive method, this article explores the roles of researchers behind Age-Friendly Cities and Environments. Referring to Michael Burawoy's division of sociological work (professional, critical, policy and public sociology), it is structured around the international comparison of two empirical case studies: Walloon region (Belgium) and Quebec (a province of Canada). While the first case shows some difficulties faced by a limited policy sociology perspective with little room for research, the latter presents a more developed public sociology approach with larger involvement from research. If both cases started with policy links, the latter presents a special interest for praxis, through knowledge transfer as an ongoing public dialogue. Based on this comparison, the article concludes with a twofold use of praxis: on one side – knowledge in action – a public sociology position offers an original perspective on what AFC/AFE may mean and produce to avoid a limited field of actions focusing only on some stakeholders or advocates for older people. On the other side – action in knowledge – policy and public sociology question professional and critical sociology facing AFC/AFE programmes: is a purely academic knowledge of such a programme epistemologically realistic or should it necessarily be empirically fuelled?
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	title = {Researchers {Behind} {Policy} {Development}: {Comparing} ‘{Age}-{Friendly} {Cities}’ {Models} in {Quebec} and {Wallonia}},
	volume = {29},
	issn = {0265-0533},
	shorttitle = {Researchers {Behind} {Policy} {Development}},
	url = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02650533.2014.993946},
	doi = {10.1080/02650533.2014.993946},
	abstract = {Based on a reflexive method, this article explores the roles of researchers behind Age-Friendly Cities and Environments. Referring to Michael Burawoy's division of sociological work (professional, critical, policy and public sociology), it is structured around the international comparison of two empirical case studies: Walloon region (Belgium) and Quebec (a province of Canada). While the first case shows some difficulties faced by a limited policy sociology perspective with little room for research, the latter presents a more developed public sociology approach with larger involvement from research. If both cases started with policy links, the latter presents a special interest for praxis, through knowledge transfer as an ongoing public dialogue. Based on this comparison, the article concludes with a twofold use of praxis: on one side – knowledge in action – a public sociology position offers an original perspective on what AFC/AFE may mean and produce to avoid a limited field of actions focusing only on some stakeholders or advocates for older people. On the other side – action in knowledge – policy and public sociology question professional and critical sociology facing AFC/AFE programmes: is a purely academic knowledge of such a programme epistemologically realistic or should it necessarily be empirically fuelled?},
	number = {1},
	urldate = {2015-04-21},
	journal = {Journal of Social Work Practice},
	author = {Moulaert, Thibauld and Garon, Suzanne},
	month = jan,
	year = {2015},
	keywords = {Décideurs, Décideurs politiques, Déterminants, Modèles, Recueil de cas, Santé et services sociaux},
	pages = {23--35}
}
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