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•...
The Impact• Findings featured prominently in evidence  gathering initiatives used to inform policy:  – National Ecosystem ...
The Impact• Contributed to policy processes:  – Inputting evidence to a review, best practice    guidelines and Action Pla...
• Analysing upland/catchment management  case studies across the UK, comparing RELU to  other RCUK and NGO/business projec...
2 A short film
2 Our pathway
Knowledge exchange with stakeholders:• Co-generation of knowledge with small but  representative groups of highly connecte...
• You Tube and DVDs – as requested by stakeholders  concerned about the abstract nature of the GIS  outputs we’d suggested...
• Policy briefs• Presentations to policy makers, policy advisors and  practitioner groups• DEFRA placement• Consultancy co...
Public engagement:• Twitter (now over 1600 followers)  www.twitter.com/reluuplands• Interactive website www.ouruplands.co....
Arts:• Song and music video by award-winning  photography collective• Jazz composition by Huw Warren• Fairytale told by st...
www.sustainableuplandresearch.orgm.reed@abdn.ac.uk
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Sustainable Uplands: Our pathway to impact

  1. 1. Our Pathway to Impact Mark Reed
  2. 2. Plan• The impact• Video• The pathway
  3. 3. 1 The Impact
  4. 4. • £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
  5. 5. 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
  6. 6. 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
  7. 7. • 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?
  8. 8. 2 A short film
  9. 9. 2 Our pathway
  10. 10. Knowledge exchange with stakeholders:• Co-generation of knowledge with small but representative groups of highly connected, influential stakeholders, selected via Social Network Analysis
  11. 11. • 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
  12. 12. • Policy briefs• Presentations to policy makers, policy advisors and practitioner groups• DEFRA placement• Consultancy contracts
  13. 13. Public engagement:• Twitter (now over 1600 followers) www.twitter.com/reluuplands• Interactive website www.ouruplands.co.uk• Schools resources (Summer 2012)
  14. 14. 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)
  15. 15. www.sustainableuplandresearch.orgm.reed@abdn.ac.uk

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