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02 September 2021, 11:58 UTC Share

CAPEcast episode 3: Beyond the usual suspects – diversifying engagement with Parliamentary Select Committees

For our third episode of CAPEcast, our podcast exploring academic-policy engagement, Sarah Chaytor talks to Rob Davies, knowledge mobiliser at CLOSER (the home of longitudinal research) and currently a CAPE Fellow at the House of Commons Scrutiny Unit, and Faten Hussein a Senior Specialist at the Unit. We explore the work that the Scrutiny Unit is undertaking to understand and create systematic mechanisms to diversify engagement with their processes. In particular, we focus on Rob’s work as a policy fellow supporting the development of the first ever parliamentary Select Committee Areas of Research Interest (ARI) with the International Trade Committee.

We also chat about the challenges and opportunities in diversifying evidence use, what structures might exist to support this, as well as what we actually mean by diversification.

We finish with some top tips for researchers who want to engage with Parliament and how to mobilise your research.

About CAPE

Capabilities in Academic Policy Engagement (CAPE) is a knowledge exchange and research project funded by Research England from 2020-2024, which has been exploring how to support effective and sustained engagement between academics and policy professionals. The project is a partnership between UCL and the Universities of Cambridge, Manchester, Northumbria and Nottingham in collaboration with the Government Office for Science, the Parliamentary Office for Science and Technology, Nesta and the Transforming Evidence Hub.

About CAPE podcasts

CAPE podcasts are conversations between CAPE team members and our partners about their experiences undertaking academic policy engagement as part of their CAPE project.

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