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The Policy Engagement team

Guided by a University-wide Policy Engagement Steering Group, the Policy Engagement Team works with Divisions and Departments across the University to enhance support for researchers' engagement with local, regional, national and international policymakers. This includes support for related learning and development, sharing of good practice, and brokering new opportunities.

What can the Policy Engagement team do for you?

The team facilitates engagement between researchers and local, regional, national and international policymakers, and establishes mechanisms to support research-uptake for the benefit of public policy design, delivery and evaluation. 

The team can provide support in a number of ways, by:

  • Offering guidance on formal opportunities for policy engagement
  • Highlighting funding programmes and fellowship schemes for policy engagement
  • Providing guidance notes and tips for policy engagement
  • Facilitating engagement with policymakers, where we have the networks
  • Delivering training programmes for early career researchers and DPhil students
  • Delivering targeted seminars on skills for effective policy engagement
  • Facilitating the sharing of experience and learning from policy-engaged academics

If you’d like priority access to these benefits, you can sign up to join the Oxford Policy Engagement Network

Policy Engagement Team

Will Pryor, Head of Policy Engagement

Will PryorPrior to joining the Policy Engagement team, Will advised government departments and agencies, in and outside the UK, and worked with the Organization for Security & Co-operation in Europe, as well as the International Crisis Group.

Email: william.pryor@socsci.ox.ac.uk 
Telephone: +44 (0)1865 (2)70401 
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Jessica Simkiss, Humanities & Public Policy Officer 

Jessica SimkissJessie is our first point of contact for OPEN members in the Humanities Division and those in the policymaking community wanting to engage with them. She also provides dedicated support to the Humanities and Healthcare project. A former researcher and report writer in New Zealand’s public sector, Jessie completed an MSc in the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology in 2020.

Email: jessica.simkiss@theology.ox.ac.uk
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Irini Tseminidou, OPEN Co-ordinator (interim)

Irini TseminidouIrini joins the Policy Engagement Team from the Brussels office of the global anti-corruption movement, Transparency International. Previous roles also include that of development and research analyst at Carnegie Europe, and co-ordinator of the EastWest Institute’s climate security initiative.

Email: irini.tseminidou@socsci.ox.ac.uk

 

John Styles, Administration, Data and Information Manager

John StylesJohn helps the specialist business and policy engagement teams to develop and make use of systems that can assist with identifying, targeting, connecting, tracking and more broadly delivering insights across the spectrum of engagement activities.

 


Elizabeth Crawford, Research Communications Officer

Elizabeth CrawfordLiz supports the Policy Engagement team in their communications with both internal and external audiences; amplifying researchers' policy engagement activities, as well as opportunities for engagement, across a range of platforms, in liaison with colleagues across Divisions, Research Services, and the Public Affairs Directorate. 

Email: elizabeth.crawford@socsci.ox.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1865 (6)14869

 

Policy Engagement Steering Group

The Steering Group includes representatives of all four Divisions and is chaired by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research).

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