New course from the Walker Academy

Decision makers such as politicians, practitioners and other stakeholders are required to make evidence-informed policy decisions. Scientists and young researchers are in a position to influence this process by effective engagement and vital knowledge sharing.

Starting in 2024, we are introducing a new course ‘Engaging with Decision Makers’ which will be drawing on the Walker Institute’s work in the UK and international policy arena, focusing on natural hazards and applied ecology.

We’ll be taking our initial case study material from the unique wetland area of Wicken Fen in East Anglia, where we’ve worked with the Environment Agency, the National Trust, Historic England and local government agencies.

Headline topics covered in the course will include:

  • Co-production and communication
  • Synthesising evidence from across disciplines
  • Stakeholder mapping for policy influence
  • Power dynamics and
  •  Achieving policy impact through your PhD

For each of these headline topics, students will take away at least 1 practical tool, so they complete the course with an ‘Engaging with Decision Makers ‘SOP’ toolkit and a mini guide they can use as a refresher.

Participants attending the training


Our first ‘Engaging with Decision Makers’ training took place on 13, 15, 20 and 22 May 2024.

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How to enrol?

If you would like to participate in this training course, you can inquire about dates for 2024-2025 by sending us an email in academy@walker.ac.uk .

I very much enjoyed...

“Learning new tools outside of lab work. Gaining insight into the other side of research and how you can create impact. Some knowledge on policy, co-production, stakeholder mapping, pathways to impact and the enabling environment.”  

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It all linked...

It all linked well together providing value for each part of the course.

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It has broaden my mind...

It has broadened my mind to areas of science outside my research and future career prospects. It has also made me think more about the impact of my research.

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I enjoyed the interview training and personalised feedback.

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