Rent-a-crowd? Crowdfunding academic research

English, Rebecca (2014) Rent-a-crowd? Crowdfunding academic research. First Monday, 19(1).

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This paper examines the use of crowdfunding platforms to fund academic research. Looking specifically at the use of a Pozible campaign to raise funds for a small pilot research study into home education in Australia, the paper reports on the success and problems of using the platform. It also examines the crowdsourcing of literature searching as part of the package. The paper looks at the realities of using this type of platform to gain start–up funding for a project and argues that families and friends are likely to be the biggest supporters. The finding that family and friends are likely to be the highest supporters supports similar work in the arts communities that are traditionally served by crowdfunding platforms. The paper argues that, with exceptions, these platforms can be a source of income in times where academics are finding it increasingly difficult to source government funding for projects.

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ID Code: 69645
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.5210/fm.v19i1.4818
ISSN: 1396-0466
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Teacher Education & Leadership
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Deposited On: 03 Apr 2014 05:22
Last Modified: 04 Apr 2014 01:00

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