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Presentation to internal RCUK seminar on 28th May 2012 about how the Sustainable Uplands research project generated impact

Presentation to internal RCUK seminar on 28th May 2012 about how the Sustainable Uplands research project generated impact

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    Sustainable Uplands: Our pathway to impact Sustainable Uplands: Our pathway to impact Presentation Transcript

    • Our Pathway to Impact Mark Reed
    • Plan• The impact• Video• The pathway
    • 1 The Impact
    • • £1M RELU/LWEC & ESRC funded project helping people anticipate and adapt to future change across UK uplands since 2005• Almost £1M co-funding from research users• Interdisciplinary team of 25 people from 5 Universities & 2 NGOs
    • The Impact• Findings featured prominently in evidence gathering initiatives used to inform policy: – National Ecosystem Assessment – EFRA Inquiry on Farming in the Uplands – CRC’s Inquiry on the Future of England’s Uplands – IUCN Commission of Inquiry on Peatlands – Government Office for Science’s Foresight Land Use Futures project
    • The Impact• Contributed to policy processes: – Inputting evidence to a review, best practice guidelines and Action Plan re: Payment for Ecosystem Services as part of DEFRA’s Natural Environment White Paper – Guiding DEFRA to develop a UK Peatland Carbon Code to facilitate private investment in peatland restoration• Used by water companies to justify using land management to reduce water treatment costs
    • • Analysing upland/catchment management case studies across the UK, comparing RELU to other RCUK and NGO/business projects• Workshops with KE academics/professionals• Best practice principles• LWEC’s Knowledge Exchange Guidelines• RCUK Impact Toolkit?
    • 2 A short film
    • 2 Our pathway
    • Knowledge exchange with stakeholders:• Co-generation of knowledge with small but representative groups of highly connected, influential stakeholders, selected via Social Network Analysis
    • • You Tube and DVDs – as requested by stakeholders concerned about the abstract nature of the GIS outputs we’d suggested• Articles in professional journals/magazines• Newsletters• Project websites
    • • Policy briefs• Presentations to policy makers, policy advisors and practitioner groups• DEFRA placement• Consultancy contracts
    • Public engagement:• Twitter (now over 1600 followers) www.twitter.com/reluuplands• Interactive website www.ouruplands.co.uk• Schools resources (Summer 2012)
    • Arts:• Song and music video by award-winning photography collective• Jazz composition by Huw Warren• Fairytale told by storyteller and made into book• Conceptual art by Dalziel & Scullion (hunting bag)
    • www.sustainableuplandresearch.orgm.reed@abdn.ac.uk