This seminar is designed for research candidates who are interested in finding out how research informs policy and how researchers can connect their research with policy and program development.

This is an introductory seminar which will provide:

• An introduction to public policy and the policy making process

• An outline of the role of research and evidence

• An understanding of policy impact

• An outline of the difference between the political and policy spheres

• An introduction to the relationship between politics and science funding

It will include real life examples of how researchers interact and engage with the policy process, the positive outcomes that be achieved and the challenges that may be faced.

This seminar provides an overview of the policy environment which will be followed by a more comprehensive one day workshop series Getting Research into Policy and Practice on Tuesday, December 3 from 9am-5pm. Featuring a team of UQ’s policy experts, this workshop is designed to help researchers navigate Australia’s policy landscape in an interactive one-day forum.

About the Presenter

Professor Karen Hussey is a leading Australian researcher in the field of public policy and governance, particularly in the areas of sustainable development, environmental policy and international trade. Trained as a political scientist and economist, Professor Hussey has a unique breadth and depth of research and policy engagement experience, having conceived, designed, conducted and delivered cutting edge social science research focused on a range of sectors - including climate change mitigation and adaptation, water, energy, waste, urban management, critical infrastructure, international trade, and biotechnology in the health system - enabling a rare competence to achieve a comparative perspective on policy and governance issues.

About Impact & influence

Your research may have the potential to impact both policy and practice and influence the broader community in a number of ways. Knowing how and where to communicate your research, and understanding how to do so ethically and responsibly, will ensure your research makes an impact. 

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