Making a difference: engagement with policy and practice communities Making a difference: engagement with policy and practice communities

Researchers and academic staff in the School of International Development engage with a variety of stakeholders at different levels, including development policy-makers and practitioners, government departments in the UK and other countries, non-governmental and civil society organisations (NGOs and CSOs) and community-based organisations. More widely, DEV research seeks to increase understanding of development issues, generating and informing current debates by engaging with non-academic audiences through events and a presence in the media.

DEV staff engage in a wide range of activities to ensure research findings and expertise go beyond academia to influence development policy and practice. Examples include:


UEA has a small dedicated Community University Engagement team, Julie Bounford and Ruth Selwyn-Crome, who are on hand to advise staff and students about different aspects of their engagement activity including ideas, planning, evaluation and impact. Financial and practical assistance is also available via a Small Expenses Fund and the loan of equipment such as audio recorders. You can find more information and case studies on the Community University Engagement website