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Keynote presentation: Dr Prue Addison, University of Oxford
@prueaddison
Dr Prue Addison
Knowledge Exchange & Research
Fellow
Applying the output from
ecological science into
decisio...
3
6
7
The decision context for the Victorian coastline
Considered but not adequately
consulted about our research
8
“Despite the aligned aspirations of many applied
scientists and policy-makers that science should
contribute directly to...
9
Evidence used in Protected Area management
10
Cook, et al. 2010. Front Ecol Environ 8: 181-186
Evidence used in Protected Area management
11
Cook, et al. 2010. Front Ecol Environ 8: 181-186
Evidence used in Protected Area management
Rethinking the ‘evidence-based’ mindset
12
1. Reject ‘evidence-based’ mindset 2. Think ‘evidence-informed’
Rose, 2014. Nat...
13
Knowledge Exchange: an emerging discipline
14Source: https://www.mpls.ox.ac.uk/public-engagement/what-is-public-engagement
Achieving
research impact:
Informing
>
Con...
15
About me…
… after my time as
a marine ecologist
16
Science Practice
• Developing decision support
tools for MPA managers
• Developing decision support tools
for catchment...
17
5 critical factors for achieving
research impact
1: Build & maintain networks
18
2: Develop collaborative partnerships
19
Research Practice
20
Cvitanovic et al. 2015.
Ocean & Coastal
Management 112: 25-35.
2: Develop collaborative partnerships
21
Research Councils UK, Pathways to Impact
• Passion
• Communication
• Trust
• Power
3: Master social dynamics
22
4: Seek institutional support
Cvitanovic et al. 2019.
Environmental Science &
Policy. 94: 20-31
23
Creating a New Kind of Science in Academia
Produce not only professors but also future environmental leaders
Keeler et ...
5: Evaluate & learn
24
Knight et al (in prep)
Knowledge exchange
process
Changes to
understanding
Policy or
practice
chang...
25
5 critical factors for achieving research impact
1: Build & maintain networks
2: Develop collaborative partnerships
3: ...
26
A process to integrate science
into decision-making
27Source: https://www.mpls.ox.ac.uk/public-engagement/what-is-public-engagement
A method to
support
co-production:
Structured decision-making
— Framework, concept, & community of
practice
— Based on decision theory and risk
assessment
— ...
Structured decision-making helps when
29
Navigating complex environmental
decisions:
— Multiple competing objectives
— Mul...
Promotes the incorporation of scientific facts and values into decisions,
acknowledging that decision-making is not a valu...
31
32
A participatory modelling approach
to set management thresholds
Mean%cover
Current population
Management threshold
Addi...
Thank you!
prue.addison@zoo.ox.ac.uk
@prueaddison
Dr Prue Addison, Keynote Presentation, Norwegian Ecological Society Conference 2019
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Dr Prue Addison, Keynote Presentation, Norwegian Ecological Society Conference 2019

This week I had the honor of delivering a keynote speech at the NØF 2019 conference "Towards Policy-Relevant Ecology" in Tromsø, Norway. During this presentation I shared my career journey, starting off as a marine ecologist and moving much more towards the applied side of science, to give my research the best chance at generating real world impact. I have done this by working with partners in government agencies, NGOs and the private sector on projects that range from ocean management through to corporate biodiversity accountability over the last 15 years.

In my keynote I reflect on my experience of working across the science-policy-practice interface, and share what I believe are five critical factors for achieving research impact. I have shared my experience, particularly to help early career researchers wanting to enter into this emerging field of applied research across the science-policy-practice interface.

I'd like to thank the wonderful NØF 2019 organising committee for inviting me as a keynote speaker. I really enjoyed listening to many inspiring talks about ecological research that is spanning the science-policy interface in Norway!

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Dr Prue Addison, Keynote Presentation, Norwegian Ecological Society Conference 2019

  1. 1. Keynote presentation: Dr Prue Addison, University of Oxford
  2. 2. @prueaddison Dr Prue Addison Knowledge Exchange & Research Fellow Applying the output from ecological science into decision-making
  3. 3. 3
  4. 4. 6
  5. 5. 7 The decision context for the Victorian coastline Considered but not adequately consulted about our research
  6. 6. 8 “Despite the aligned aspirations of many applied scientists and policy-makers that science should contribute directly to policy decisions, there are significant gaps between what scientists provide and what policymakers can use.” Burgman. 2015. Asia & the Pacific Policy Studies. 2. 441-451
  7. 7. 9 Evidence used in Protected Area management
  8. 8. 10 Cook, et al. 2010. Front Ecol Environ 8: 181-186 Evidence used in Protected Area management
  9. 9. 11 Cook, et al. 2010. Front Ecol Environ 8: 181-186 Evidence used in Protected Area management
  10. 10. Rethinking the ‘evidence-based’ mindset 12 1. Reject ‘evidence-based’ mindset 2. Think ‘evidence-informed’ Rose, 2014. Nature Climate Change 4: 522.
  11. 11. 13 Knowledge Exchange: an emerging discipline
  12. 12. 14Source: https://www.mpls.ox.ac.uk/public-engagement/what-is-public-engagement Achieving research impact: Informing > Consulting > Collaborating > Co-production
  13. 13. 15 About me… … after my time as a marine ecologist
  14. 14. 16 Science Practice • Developing decision support tools for MPA managers • Developing decision support tools for catchment policy-makers and managers • Developing guidance and decision support for businesses wanting to integrate biodiversity into management & reporting
  15. 15. 17 5 critical factors for achieving research impact
  16. 16. 1: Build & maintain networks 18
  17. 17. 2: Develop collaborative partnerships 19 Research Practice
  18. 18. 20 Cvitanovic et al. 2015. Ocean & Coastal Management 112: 25-35. 2: Develop collaborative partnerships
  19. 19. 21 Research Councils UK, Pathways to Impact • Passion • Communication • Trust • Power 3: Master social dynamics
  20. 20. 22 4: Seek institutional support Cvitanovic et al. 2019. Environmental Science & Policy. 94: 20-31
  21. 21. 23 Creating a New Kind of Science in Academia Produce not only professors but also future environmental leaders Keeler et al, 2017. BioScience, 67: 591-592 4: Seek institutional support
  22. 22. 5: Evaluate & learn 24 Knight et al (in prep) Knowledge exchange process Changes to understanding Policy or practice change Impacts of policy or practice change Extent of control over that being evaluated Extent of real world impact
  23. 23. 25 5 critical factors for achieving research impact 1: Build & maintain networks 2: Develop collaborative partnerships 3: Master social dynamics 4: Seek institutional support 5: Evaluate and learn
  24. 24. 26 A process to integrate science into decision-making
  25. 25. 27Source: https://www.mpls.ox.ac.uk/public-engagement/what-is-public-engagement A method to support co-production:
  26. 26. Structured decision-making — Framework, concept, & community of practice — Based on decision theory and risk assessment — Collaboration of natural resource scientists and managers — Creates good decision-making processes rather than good outcomes 28 Addison et al. 2013. Diversity and Distributions. 19: 490–502
  27. 27. Structured decision-making helps when 29 Navigating complex environmental decisions: — Multiple competing objectives — Multiple stakeholders with different perspectives (values) — Uncertainty & risk = Difficult to work out what the best (optimal) solution
  28. 28. Promotes the incorporation of scientific facts and values into decisions, acknowledging that decision-making is not a value free process 30 Incorporates scientific facts and human values Economic Social Environmental Facts Values © AIMS
  29. 29. 31
  30. 30. 32 A participatory modelling approach to set management thresholds Mean%cover Current population Management threshold Addison et al. 2015. Conservation Biology. 29, 1411–1422
  31. 31. Thank you! prue.addison@zoo.ox.ac.uk @prueaddison

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