Some practical suggestions for improving engagement between researchers and policy-makers in natural resource management

Gibbons, Philip, Zammit, Charlie, Youngentob, Kara, Possingham, Hugh P., Bekessy, Sarah, McAlpine, Clive, Lindenmayer, David B., Hurley, Karen, Burgman, Mark, Colyvan, Mark, Considine, Margaret, Felton, Adam, Hobbs, Richard J., Hurley, Karen, McCarthy, Michael A., Moore, Joslin, Robinson, Doug, Salt, David and Wintle, Brendan (2008) Some practical suggestions for improving engagement between researchers and policy-makers in natural resource management. Ecological Management & Restoration, 9 3: 182-186. doi:10.1111/j.1442-8903.2008.00416.x


Author Gibbons, Philip
Zammit, Charlie
Youngentob, Kara
Possingham, Hugh P.
Bekessy, Sarah
McAlpine, Clive
Lindenmayer, David B.
Hurley, Karen
Burgman, Mark
Colyvan, Mark
Considine, Margaret
Felton, Adam
Hobbs, Richard J.
Hurley, Karen
McCarthy, Michael A.
Moore, Joslin
Robinson, Doug
Salt, David
Wintle, Brendan
Title Some practical suggestions for improving engagement between researchers and policy-makers in natural resource management
Journal name Ecological Management & Restoration   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1442-7001
1442-8903
Publication date 2008-12-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1442-8903.2008.00416.x
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 9
Issue 3
Start page 182
End page 186
Total pages 5
Place of publication Sydney, Australia
Publisher Blackwell Science Asia; Ecological Society of Australia
Language eng
Subject 05 Environmental Sciences
0501 Ecological Applications
Abstract Policy-makers and managers in natural resource management (NRM) often complain that researchers are out of touch. Researchers often complain that policy-makers and managers make poorly informed decisions. In this article, we report on a meeting between researchers, policy-makers and managers convened to identify practical solutions to improve engagement between these camps. A necessary starting point is that every researcher and policy-maker should understand, and tap into, the motivations and reward systems of the other when seeking engagement. For example, researchers can be motivated to engage in policy development if there is a promise of outputs that align with their reward systems such as co-authored publications. Successful research–policy partnerships are built around personal relationships. As a researcher, you cannot therefore expect your results to inform policy by only publishing in journals. As a policy-maker, you cannot guarantee engagement from researchers by publicly inviting comment on a document. Actively building and maintaining relationships with key individuals through discussions, meetings, workshops or field days will increase the likelihood that research outcomes will inform policy decisions. We identified secondments, sabbaticals, fellowships and ‘buddies’, an annual national NRM conference and ‘contact mapping’ (a Facebook-type network) as forums that can catalyse new relationships between researchers and policy-makers. We challenge every researcher, policy-maker and manager in NRM to build one new cross-cultural relationship each year.
Keyword Communication
Knowledge transfer
Policy
Science
Q-Index Code CX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code

 
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