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Research with Impact: Effectively Influencing Policy-making Processes
Researchers often provide a variety of solid evidence-based outcomes that can support the development of better policies and programmes at various levels of government. Policy-makers — whether at the local, national, or international level — need more and easier access to high-quality research. However, considering the quantity and quality of research produced by universities and despite policymakers needing better and easier access to high-quality research, why is it that influencing policies and practices is so rare?

This event, hosted by Studio Europa Maastricht, aims to provide insight into this question to understand the gap between academic research and policymaking processes at the European Union and national levels. The event will highlight some best practices and techniques on how researchers can improve the translation of their research into a user-friendly form and facilitate engagement with policymakers and other public servants. Each of the three speakers, who are experts in policymaking processes, will provide their advice on creating impact.

At the end of this session, researchers should have a better idea of all the possible methods for using their academic expertise to influence policy-making audiences and public debates.

UM researchers are particularly encouraged to consider submitting their work to Studio Europa’s Policy Briefs initiative: https://maastrichteurope.nl/research/policy-briefs/

Oct 6, 2021 02:00 PM in Amsterdam

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Dr. Thomas Ekman Jørgensen
Senior Policy Coordinator @European University Association (EUA)
Dr. Thomas Ekman Jørgensen ensures coherent policies for universities, overall policy development, and managing cross-cutting issues with policy relevance. He has worked on topics including sustainable development, Brexit, and EU foreign policy. Previously, Dr Jørgensen was the Head of the Council for Doctoral Education at EUA for several years. He studied History and German Studies at the University of Copenhagen and the Free University Berlin. He received his PhD in History and Civilisation from the European University Institute in Florence in 2004 and worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Copenhagen and at the Université libre de Bruxelles.
Meg Munn
ProChancellor and Deputy Chair of the Board of Governors, Chair of the Finance and Employment Committee @Sheffield Hallam University
Meg Munn concurrently holds multiple positions. At Sheffield Hallam University she is the ProChancellor and Deputy Chair of the Board of Governors, Chair of the Finance and Employment Committee, and sits on the Board of Governors. She is also the Independent Chair of the Church of England’s National Safeguarding Panel. She has worked with the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), UN Development Programme (UNDP), the OECD, Global Partners Governance and the OSCE. She has led induction programmes for new MPs, and mentored women MPs. She has worked in the Middle East, North and East Africa and the Pacific. She was a Member of Parliament in the UK (2001-15), which included being Minister for Women and Equality (2005-07) and a Minister at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (2007-08). Before entering parliament, Meg had twenty years’ experience in the social work profession.
Dr. Maria Cino Pagliarello
Consulting Expert @London School of Economics
Dr. Maria Cino Pagliarello holds a PhD in European Political Economy from the London School of Economics (LSE) European Institute, where she currently works as Teaching Fellow in European Politics and Public Policy. Marina has worked as education policy researcher and specialist with national/international organisations and governments for over 15 years. Her research interests include public policy, the politics of education, and the Western Balkans. She investigates the role of political and economic actors in shaping public policies and the mechanisms through which ideas play a role in the emergence of new problem definitions and in restructuring actors’ interests. Marina is also Research Director of the project ‘Civic education and populism’, which is part of the activities of 89Initiative/LSE.