This week I took part in the Coventry University 2017 Conference to talk about the how the research featured on the café spaces blog got started, and how it has developed. ‘Exploring the journey from a research idea to research reality: inspiration to impact’ was a short talk which explored how I have developed the café industry research over the last few years. It covered how I turned a research idea into a research project, and since then have sought to consider opportunities for research impact, and engaged research with continued dialogue and interaction with stakeholders.
As well as talking about the development of the initial research proposal I explored how I have used a variety of strategies and tools to transform a few research ideas into a broad research agenda with many research avenues to follow, including: academic, publications and conferences; building networks (with academics, industry the public and policy), industry interaction, publications, a research blog and social media.
If you’re interested, the slides are available here.