Knowledge Mobilization (KMb): Multiple Contributions & Multi-Production Of New Knowledge

Featuring A Knowledge Mobilizer: David Phipps

David Phipps is Executive Director of Research & Innovation Services at York University in Toronto, Canada. He is responsible for the management and support of research services (research grants and contracts, technology and knowledge transfer); participates in strategic planning; negotiates research contracts and grants, manages research data and develops research performance measurements; ensures compliance with government policies and the University mandate.

He is also nationally and internationally recognized as a Knowledge Broker and actively involved in Knowledge Mobilization (KMb) as a Knowledge Mobilizer.

David helped build the Knowledge Mobilization Unit at York (along with a great KMb team), developing ResearchImpact – Canada’s knowledge mobilization network. David’s keen interest and involvement has taken KMb from an early “pet project” of interest several years ago to participating and contributing today at both the national and international levels of knowledge brokering and policy making.

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The KMb Units help to train future policy-makers and increase Canada’s number of highly qualified people (HQP) by giving graduate students and post-doctoral fellows valuable experience working with a variety of stakeholders. KMb equips research trainees and their research collaborators with broader skill sets which they can then take into positions in the public, private, and voluntary sectors.

David was instrumental in inviting The Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) and Université de Montréal to join ResearchImpact – as a truly national network recognizing both our English and French heritage – now recognized as ResearchImpact-RéseauImpactRecherche.

ResearchImpact-RéseauImpactRecherche is now a ten Canadian university Knowledge Mobilization network that includes Memorial University, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), Université de Montréal, Carleton University, York University, University of Guelph, Wilfrid Laurier University, University of Saskatchewan, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, and the University of Victoria.

You can also follow the ResearchImpact blog MobilizeThis! here.

David has worked with other internationally recognized KMb leaders in the United States and academics and KMb practitioners from London and Brighton U.K., Edinburgh Scotland, Ireland, Australia, Vanuatu, Ghana and Argentina.

David is also one of the recipients of the prestigious Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his work in promoting Knowledge Mobilization.

David Phipps is an experienced leader in Knowledge Mobilization and I’m pleased to present him as part of my series Featuring A Knowledge Mobilizer.

12 responses to “Featuring A Knowledge Mobilizer: David Phipps

  1. researchimpact February 7, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    Thanks for your post Gary. There are a few of us who write for ResearchImpact so I am pleased to respond as one the knowledge brokers at York University and among the other ResearchImpact-RéseauImpactRecherche unviersities. We have dressed up something that isn’t new (knowledge brokering has been around in some form or other for over a century) in a very new guise: a university-based institutional capacity to support knowledge mobilization for faculty, students and their research partners. Our services also are not new but they are grounded in theory, proven in practice and for the first time we have been able to articulate and deliver on a coherent suite of services the can enhance the use and uptake of research in non-academic decision making and ultimately increase the non-academic impact of research.

    There is so much reward in knowledge mobilization. Not only do we get to work with some great minds and deep spirits but we get to contribute to making a difference in our communities and in our world. I would be happy to speak to anyone about our experiences. Follow us on our blog Mobilize This! ( and on twitter (@researchimpact) and on our web page ( And if you still have questions drop us a line at

    Happy mobilizing everyone and thanks for the profile, Gary.

    David Phipps, Director
    Research Services & Knowledge Exchange

  2. KMbeing February 8, 2011 at 7:58 am

    Thanks David for your comment. You are so highly regarded within the national and international Knowledge Mobilization community and one of Canada’s KMb leaders. Glad to promote the valuable KMb work that you and the ResearchImpact-RéseauImpactRecherche unviersities do. By connecting university research outreach to community-based researchers and organizations, your work is creating new forms of social collaboration for better policy making – and ultimately better living and benefit for society.

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    • KMbeing July 20, 2014 at 3:11 pm

      Thanks very much. Glad that you find the blog informative. I’m always glad to share knowledge and learn from others to make the world a better place!

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