OPEN Masterclasses: Public Policy unpacked
A series of three sessions exploring the challenges and rewards of engaging with the policymaking community, and some of the different ways in which MPLS researchers have engaged, complemented with a facilitated discussion of how ILP participants may plan, manage and learn from their own engagement.
Contact Anne Miller, Enterprise Programme Manager, for more information
- Enhanced understanding of the value of academic research and expertise for different parts of the policymaking community
- Enhanced understanding of the different modes in which researchers engage with the policymaking community, and the challenges and rewards of each
- Enhanced ability to identify appropriate opportunities. to plan for effective engagement, and learn from it
Three linked online sessions of 60-90 minutes 8th, 15th and 22nd March
All participants are expected to have completed the Oxford Policy Engagement Network’s (OPEN) e-learning course (available from February 2021).
Session 1: ‘From lab bench to front bench: engaging parliament’: 8th March 2021 13.00-14.30
- Case study | In July 2019, the UK Parliament’s Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy launched an inquiry into the Government’s approach to biosecurity and human health. Professor Mike Bonsall (Mathematical Ecology Research Group, Dept of Zoology) led an interdisciplinary response involving 12 other groups from in and outside Oxford.
Session 2: ‘Get smart: informing national energy policy’: 15TH MARCH 2021 13.00-14.30
- Case study | In December 2019 Dr Sivapriya Bhagavathy won an Oxford Policy Engagement Network (OPEN) Fellowship to work with the Smart Energy Innovation team in the Science and Innovation for Climate Change (SICE) Directorate of the UK Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy, to ensure policymakers invest in smart technologies that maximise the security, flexibility, and sustainability of energy systems.
Session 3: ‘Advising senior policymakers’: 22nd MARCH 2021 13.00-14.30
- Case study | Professor Sir Charles Godfray is chair of the Science Advisory Council of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and has previously chaired the lead expert group of the UK Government’s Foresight Project on the Future of Food and Farming, and a review of England’s bovine TB control strategy. In 2017 he was knighted for services to scientific research and for scientific advice to government.