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Building capacity in international policy engagement

6 July 2022

UCL's Global Engagement, European Institute and Public Policy teams convened a workshop to help build capacity among UCL researchers interested in engaging with the United Nations, and the wider Geneva eco-system of global policy actors.

Delegates sitting at policy engagement workshop

Facilitated by GSPI (Geneva Science-Policy Interface), colleagues across UCL faculties and teams came together on 28 June to discuss processes and opportunities in international policy engagement, successes and failures in engagement with policy actors, and how to apply those to their own realities as researchers or staff.

UCL research and expertise inform international policy and shape decision-making. However, academic-to-policy engagement is often haphazard and coincidental, and most researchers do not receive training on engaging with policy stakeholders. The workshop built an understanding of the role of science in policy institutions, the challenges in effective exchange and reflected on tactics for engagement.  

The workshop was offered in the context of an ongoing cross-institutional project to help facilitate international policy engagement at UCL. Led by UCL Global Engagement, UCL European Institute and UCL Public Policy, the project is designed to surface and showcase international policy engagement activities, enable sharing across faculties, and pilot associated resources and support.

Those interested in networking with UCL colleagues internally - both to learn from others as well as offering their own experience - are encouraged share their contact details with the project team via the International Policy Engagement Project form.

To find out more or get involved, contact the project team Elinor Kruse (UCL Global Engagement) and Lucy Shackleton (UCL European Institute).