• Time: 10:00 - 17:00
  • Date: Thursday 16 May 2019
  • Location: Woodhouse Suites, University House, University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT
  • Interval:
  • Cost: Free event
  • Type: Conferences
  • Open to: Staff and students only
  • Faculty: Society and Politics
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This one-day workshop aims to bring together current researchers at Leeds (notably but not exclusively social scientists) with the wider policy community to focus on routes into engaging with policy.

Leeds Social Science Institute (LSSI) aims to maximise research impact and support interdisciplinary social science research at Leeds. One of the focus areas associated with our new ESRC Impact Acceleration Account is Policy Engagement - our aim is to support the connection of high quality social science research taking place inside the University, with the individuals and groups who can utilise the research to create real-world impact. This one-day workshop aims to bring together current researchers at Leeds (notably but not exclusively social scientists) with the wider policy community to focus on routes into engaging with policy.

Event Objectives:

  • To involve the local and national policy community in discussion around how to align research in order to best inform policy
  • To raise awareness amongst Leeds researchers about opportunities to influence policy
  • To build and support strategic relationships with policy makers and the wider policy community and strengthen mechanisms for using research to influence policy.

Event Programme:

10.00 – 10.30, Registration, Tea & Coffee

10.30 – 11.15, Welcome • Professor Adam Crawford (Leeds Social Sciences Institute) & Professor Andy Gouldson (Faculty of Environment) • Presentation about LSSI IAA opportunities and funding for Knowledge Exchange and Policy Engagement

11.15 – 12.30, Case-Study Presentations Case study presentations from Researchers at Leeds who have successful engaged with policy, including examples of Knowledge Exchange Fellowships (KEFs). • Professor Anthea Hucklesby (Faculty of Social Sciences), Professor Cristina Leston-Bandeira (School of Politics and International Studies), Dr Jo Ingold (Leeds University Business School) & Richard Bridge (Department for Work and Pensions).

12.30 – 13.15, Lunch

13.15 – 13.45, The role of the 'Parliamentary Office for Science and Technology' • Dr Abbi Hobbs (Parliamentary Office for Science and Technology)

13.45 - 15.00, Department Workshops - focused around Areas of Research Interest Facilitated workshop sessions designed to joining together policy makers and researchers in thinking practically around engaging with 'Areas of Research Interest'. • Rachel Dubourg (Ministry of Justice) • Jennifer Parfrement-Hopkins (Home Office) • Siobhan Campbell & Jo Bacon (Department for Transport)

15.00 – 15.15, Tea & Coffee break

15.15 – 16.15, Panel Session Panel session focused on overcoming the challenges of getting research into policy and thinking about how the University of Leeds can better position itself to support researchers for success in engaging policy. • Structures and mechanisms • Skills • Communication

16.15 -16.30, Summing up & Next Steps

16.30 onwards - Informal networking drinks @UoLSSI | #LSSIEngagingPolicy

Contact: Katie Barclay (LSSI Communications & Graduate Coordinator) k.barclay@leeds.ac.uk | 0113 3438174