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Oxford Policy Engagement Network

OPEN connects researchers across the University with opportunities to engage with the policymaking community locally, nationally and internationally.

Join the Oxford Policy Engagement Network (OPEN)

If you’re a researcher, doctoral student or member of the professional services staff at Oxford with a passion for public policy, you can join the Oxford Policy Engagement Network (OPEN). Find out more and join OPEN

OPEN Fellowships

OPEN Fellowships enable Oxford researchers with a passion for improving public policy to understand better the relevance of their research to local, regional, national and international policymakers; to work with policymakers to identify and explore mutual interests; and to develop and leverage networks and other resources to generate benefits to research, policy and the wider world.

Researchers from any discipline at Oxford can apply for an OPEN Fellowship. Future calls for OPEN Fellowship applications will be announced here.

Meet some of our OPEN Fellows:

Sivapriya Mothilal Bhagavathy

Dr Sivapriya (Priya) Mothilal Bhagavathy (Department of Engineering Science)

Priya is working in partnership with the Smart Energy Innovation team in the Science and Innovation for Climate Change Directorate (Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy) to ensure policymakers invest in smart technologies that maximise the security, flexibility, and sustainability of energy systems. Read about Priya's OPEN Fellowship experience.

Dr Michelle Cain

Dr Michelle Cain (Oxford Martin School)

Michelle, a Science and Policy Research Associate from the Oxford Martin School, is working alongside climate change specialists from the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) to deliver several resources designed to feed into policy-making. Read about Michelle's OPEN Fellowship experience.

Jack Matthews

Dr Jack Matthews (Oxford Museum of Natural History)

Jack has worked in partnership with two organisations sponsored by the government's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Natural England and The National Forest Company) to create a science-led framework for managing and conserving the geological features of Charnwood Forest. Read about Jack's OPEN Fellowship experience.

Dr Sonali Nag

Dr Sonali Nag (Department of Education)

Sonali worked with policymakers in the state of Karnataka in southern India to create new resources to improve language and literacy outcomes for the state’s 6 million pre- and primary schoolchildren. Read about Sonali's OPEN Fellowship experience.

Dr Alison Smith

Dr Alison Smith (School of Geography and the Environment)

Alison completed her Fellowship in 2019, working in partnership with Oxfordshire County Council and Cherwell District Council to quantify and map the ‘natural capital’ value of all land in the county to inform development of the Oxford to Cambridge Growth Arc. Find out more about Alison’s experience and the impact of the partnership. You can also listen to Alison talk about her work and find further details about her project.

Professor Kate Sullivan de Estrada

Professor Kate Sullivan de Estrada (Oxford School of Global and Area Studies)

Kate is Associate Professor in the International Relations of South Asia. In 2019 she worked with the Indian Ocean Commission and others to strengthen regional maritime security, including through evaluation of relevant regional policy initiatives. Listen to Kate discuss her OPEN Fellowship.

Dr Joe Wherton

Dr Joe Wherton (Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences)

Joe's OPEN Fellowship enabled him to explore how a new analytical framework (the Non-adoption, Abandonment and challenges to Scale-up, Spread and Sustainability, or NASSS) could be used to support the planning and implementation of technology-support change programmes within health care organisations. Read about Joe's OPEN Fellowship experience.

Dr Anna Wilson

Dr Anna Wilson (Oxford School of Global and Area Studies)

In 2019 Anna completed a Fellowship focused on developing an interdisciplinary approach to understanding viewpoint construction in media from the multimodal perspective, and strengthening international policy responses to information threats. Read about Anna’s research.

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