Heritage and Policy Engagement Workshop: How to influence decision-making

Thursday 13 February 2020
09:30 — 16:00

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Engaging with policy is often understood to be an obligation of social impact of research, rather than a significant area of research and engagement in its own right. As such, “How to engage with policy” has taken precedence over the question of “why engage with policy.” Navigating the complex landscape of policy production can often be discouraging. As a researcher, it is difficult to keep on top of emerging issues, identify calls for evidence or consultations, translate complex research into easily digestible elevator-pitches, or even find in government the stakeholders who would welcome knowing more about an individual researcher’s work. Nonetheless, there are significant opportunities to influence the development of policy through robust evidence-based research.


The ‘Heritage and Policy Engagement Workshop will focus on:

  • introducing the policy process and stages of advocacy
  • understanding who policymakers are
  • exploring ways to engage with policy
  • addressing challenges for researchers in doing policy engagement with key takeaways.


We will be engaging in a range of exercises throughout the day, with hands-on opportunities for participants to understand ways of engaging with policymakers.

Guest speakers include Rosie Weetch (DCMS), and Joanna Dunster (AHRC).


This workshop will be of interest to PIs, Co-Is and PDRAs involved with heritage research. Limited spaces are available so please register your interest in attending by sending Hana Morel (hana.morel@ucl.ac.uk) a short email with your name, position, affiliation and why you would like to attend.