The Bartlett


Thinking Impact session explores impact and diversity agendas

28 March 2022

In the second of the three-part Thinking Impact series, members of The Bartlett community explored how agendas of impact and diversity interact, create opportunities, and present challenges.

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On March 9, members of The Bartlett community joined the second Thinking Impact session, exploring how agendas of impact and diversity interact, create opportunities, and present challenges. 

The discussion featured contributions by The Bartlett researchers Dr Jordana Ramalho, Julian Walker, Dr Lakshmi Priya Rajendran, Muez Ali, and Dr Ala’a Shehabi who shared their experiences and discussed them with attendees. Areas that were addressed during the session included working across the power dynamics in affording time and space for impact, issues of social identity, the importance of co-production of research and its ethical implications, and the need for Higher Education Institutes to extend to partnership work to allow risk taking. The session concluded with a group discussion focused on how The Bartlett can better harness the impact agenda to allow equal and useful partnerships to develop. 

The third and final event in the 2021/22 Thinking Impact series is scheduled for Term 3 (Date tbc), with the focus on REF. All staff and students are invited to take part, and lend their voices and opinions to this important opportunity to shape the impact agenda. 

If you would like to be updated about the next session, or find out more about Thinking Impact, please contact Vedran Zerjav, Faculty Impact Lead (v.zerjav@ucl.ac.uk) or Tadhg Caffrey, Faculty Impact Manager (t.caffrey@ucl.ac.uk).

Thinking Impact is an open space to support and facilitate The Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment in the creation of real-world positive change. The aim of the Thinking Impact series is to convene an ongoing reflective conversation about impact creation, measuring impact and how impact can support the development of researchers.