Interviews with influential researchers

Why engage with public policymakers as a researcher? How would I go about this at an early stage in my career?

These are key questions which the NWCDTP wants to support its doctoral cohort to explore through its AHRC-funded pilot programme.

We consulted leading researchers with public policy engagement experience across the DTP institutions for their views on this topic. We asked them the following four questions:

  • Why do you want to communicate with public policy makers through your research?
  • How have you engaged with public policy-makers as a researcher?
  • What are the challenges? What practical skills and strategies can help to address these?
  • How has engagement with policy-makers enhanced your research and your career?

Dr Jessica Field

Dr Jessica Field is an early career researcher and holds a PhD in Humanitarianism and Conflict Response from HCRI at the University of Manchester. She is currently working as a Humanitarian Adviser for HCRI and Save the Children UK. Previously Jessica has worked in the International Division of Scottish Government.

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Dr Eleanor Davey

Dr Eleanor Davey works on the history of humanitarianism, especially in the Cold War period. She is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow (2014-17) and Lecturer at the University of Manchester. Previously Eleanor was a Research Officer in the Humanitarian Policy Group at the Overseas Development Institute, London, where she led a multi-year project on the use of history to inform humanitarian practice and policymaking.

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Dr Emmanuel Tsekleves

Dr Emmanuel Tsekleves is a senior lecturer in design interactions at ImaginationLancaster at Lancaster University. Emmanuel has been working in the co-design of digital tools in the areas of health, ageing and wellbeing. Emmanuel is currently working on research projects with older communities and policymakers envisaging the future in creative ways, with people in the early stages of Dementia, with families of children with Autism and in the area of public health.

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Dr Angela Connelly

Dr Angela Connelly is a research associate at the Manchester Architecture Research Centre and a senior research associate at the Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts. Her AHRC-funded PhD documented the Methodist Central Halls in England as an example of hybrid buildings that were both public and sacred. Since then, Angela has gone on to work on a range of projects – mainly in architecture and urban planning.

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