OPEN Showcase 2022

In June 2022, the first ever OPEN Showcase raised awareness across Oxford of the breadth and depth of public policy engagement at the University, and of the benefits of OPEN membership.

A diverse programme of seminars, panel discussions, and workshops offered opportunities for researchers and professional services staff to connect with others who share their policy interests, and to deepen their understanding of the challenges and benefits of policy engagement, formal or informal, in a wide variety of policy areas and contexts.  You can explore the full programme of events below.

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OPEN Showcase 20-24 June 2022

We're OPEN!

Monday 20 June, 09.30-12.30

What is the Oxford Policy Engagement Network? What are the benefits of joining? Where can you get advice, support, or funding for your policy engagement? Come along and find out!

Where: Lecture Theatre, Oxford Martin School, Oxford OX1 3BD
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Oxford Climate Risk and Resilience Forum

Monday 20 June June 09.30 - 18.00

In tackling climate risks and strengthening our resilience, what are the knowledge gaps, research needs, and barriers to action? The Oxford Climate Research Network invites you to join researchers, policymakers and practitioners from across the UK, who will be pooling their expertise and evidence to answer these questions.

Where: Thatcher Business Education Centre, Saïd Business School, Park End Street, Oxford, OX1 1HP

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From research to policy: engaging the UK Parliament

Monday 20 June, 11.00-14.00 including lunch

Join Dr Caroline Wood and special guests from Westminster for this masterclass and networking lunch which will provide an introduction to the main ways research is used in Parliament.

Where: Seminar Room, Big Data Institute, Oxford OX3 7LF
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Family wellbeing, health and welfare: a global perspective

Monday 20 June, 13.30 - 17.00

Are we making sufficient progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)? Researchers in the Department of Social Policy and Intervention invite you to join them to explore how the SDGs have responded to the growing global need for evidence on family wellbeing, health and welfare, and explore how collaboration with policymakers can facilitate the implementation of evidence-based research to inform the future direction of these global goals.

Where: Department of Social Policy and Intervention, Barnett House, 32-37 Wellington Square, Oxford,OX1 2ER
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Peacekeeping: research, policy, and practice

Monday 20 June, 16.00 - 18.00

An informal discussion with Dr John Cockell, who is visiting Oxford from the UN peacekeeping operation in Mali, and Professor Andrea Ruggeri, of how research shapes peacekeeping policy and practice.

Where: Lecture Theatre, Department of Politics and International Relations, Manor Road Building, Manor Road, Oxford, OX1 3UQ
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Supporting heritage policy in the Middle East and North Africa

Tuesday 21 June, 09.30-14.00

Informal workshop presenting the policy-related works of the Endangered Archaeology in the Middle East and North Africa (EAMENA) with the aim of building a network connecting researchers and groups with an interest in heritage policy.

Where: School of Archaeology, 1 South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3TG
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Impact Café

Tuesday 21 June, 11.00 - 12.00

Dr Gemma Briggs and Prof Stephen Fisher will lead an informal discussion reflecting on the knowledge exchange and policy engagement activities that led to their O²RB Excellence in Impact Awards 2021.

Where: Online (Zoom)
How to register: University of Oxford Researchers register here. Researchers from Oxford Brookes University, Open University and University of Reading email: [email protected]

Policy engagement and research culture: a case study from Viet Nam

Wednesday 22 June 10.00 - 11.00

Rhea Newman, Senior Policy Advisor at Wellcome will talk about the Wellcome perspective on policy engagement, and why Wellcome encourages engagement with policy stakeholders from a funder perspective. Attendees will also have the opportunity to discuss what policy engagement means for them in the context of the culture of their organisations or departments, and what simple steps they could take to build and systematise their own policy engagement capacity.

Where: Online
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Narrowing the gap between education research and policy

Wednesday 22 June 10.00 - 16.00

Researchers at the Department of Education invite you to join them to explore engagement with policymakers at the local level, in and outside the UK, drawn from their own experience, and reflect on the differences between policy engagement at local, national and international levels. This event will include 'Meet my Policy Buddy' sessions, in which researchers and policymakers will share their experience of collaboration.

Where: Rooms A, G & E, Department of Education, 15 Norham Gardens, Oxford, OX2 6PY
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Doctoral students on the policy frontline

Wednesday 22 June, 11.00 - 12.30

Can doctoral students contribute to policy? Do policymakers want to engage with doctoral students? If so, how would one go about it?

If you’ve found yourself thinking along these lines, then this is the perfect session for you!

Where: Garden Room, Trinity College, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BH
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New approaches and policy implications for resourcing the energy transition

Wednesday 22 June, 10.00 - 14.00 - including networking lunch

Aimed at researchers across the University, this workshop intends to shape a proposal to help develop an appropriate policy framework for policymakers for extractive industries and geological storage, considering geopolitics, ethics and inequality, regulation work practices and international law.

Where: Department of Earth Sciences, 3 South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3AN
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Strategy & serendipity: engaging with energy policy

Thursday 23 June, 10.00 - 12.30

The presenters will draw on their own policy engagement experience in the energy space to offer practical tips and exercises to explore routes to impact. This session is for researchers and research support staff looking to develop skills in energy policy engagement and impact.

Where: Oxford Martin School,34 Broad Street,Oxford,OX1 3BD
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Policy engagement in ethical innovation

Thursday 23 June, 10.00-10.45 plus networking refreshments until 11:45

Lord Tim Clement-Jones, Professor Marina Jirotka and Professor Alan Winfield will discuss their experience of connecting research and policy in the realm of both practical research and policy standards.

Where: Saïd Business School [This event is available in-person and on-line] 
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Shaping data and tech policy

Thursday 23 June, 12.00 - 14.30 including lunch

Oxford Internet Institute Visiting Policy Fellows and Faculty share their experiences of shaping and influencing policy in data and technology in an EU, UK and global context. They will talk about likely future developments in this area and talk about how researchers and doctoral students can get involved.

Where: Oxford Internet Institute Seminar rooms, 1 St Giles, Oxford and online
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Policy engagement under pressure

Thursday 23 June, 16.00 - 18.00

From COVID to the cost of living, the crises keep coming. How can researchers and policymakers engage better to anticipate and tackle them?

This event will feature three short panel discussions, focusing on the pandemic, humanitarian contexts, and the looming energy-and-cost-of-living crisis and a keynote address from Sir Jeremy Farrar.

Where: Levine Auditorium, Trinity College, Oxford, OX1 3BH
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Development policy and wellbeing: Bhutan's Gross National Happiness Index

Friday 24 June, 10.00 - 12.30

Bhutan is known for its longstanding stance that Gross National Happiness(GNH) is more important than Gross National Product(GNP). In a world hungry for GDP alternatives, this event will share up-to-date and sophisticated research on the concept and measurement of GNH. Keynote speaker for this event is Dasho Karma Ura, founding President of the Centre for Bhutan Studies and GNH in the Royal Government of Bhutan

Where: Oxford Department of International Development,3 Mansfield Road,Oxford,OX1 3TB
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Humanities research in Parliament: work with All-Party Parliamentary Groups

Friday 24 June, 11.00 - 13.00

How can researchers share their evidence and expertise with Parliament? One option is to work with All-Party Parliamentary Groups. Dr Arlene Holmes-Henderson, OPEN Leader and Senior Research Fellow in the Faculty of Classics, will talk about her experience of working with the Oracy APPG as an expert advisor on their Speak for Change Inquiry. She will be joined by Gemma Carroll, Clerk to the Oracy APPG. Together they will share how to develop and maintain fruitful collaborations between researchers and parliamentarians.

Where: Thatched Barn, Christ Church College,St Aldate's,Oxford,OX1 1DP
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