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

Gibbons, Philip; Zammit, Charlie; Youngentob, Kara Nicole; Possingham, Hugh P; Bekessy, Sarah; Burgmann, M A; Colyvan, Mark; Considine, Margaret; Felton, Adam; Hobbs, Richard J; Hurley, Karen; McAlpine, Clive; McCarthy, Michael; Moore, Joslin; Robinson, Doug; Salt, David; Wintle, Brendan; Lindenmayer, David B

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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...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorGibbons, Philip
dc.contributor.authorZammit, Charlie
dc.contributor.authorYoungentob, Kara Nicole
dc.contributor.authorPossingham, Hugh P
dc.contributor.authorBekessy, Sarah
dc.contributor.authorBurgmann, M A
dc.contributor.authorColyvan, Mark
dc.contributor.authorConsidine, Margaret
dc.contributor.authorFelton, Adam
dc.contributor.authorHobbs, Richard J
dc.contributor.authorHurley, Karen
dc.contributor.authorMcAlpine, Clive
dc.contributor.authorMcCarthy, Michael
dc.contributor.authorMoore, Joslin
dc.contributor.authorRobinson, Doug
dc.contributor.authorSalt, David
dc.contributor.authorWintle, Brendan
dc.contributor.authorLindenmayer, David B
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-08T22:42:55Z
dc.identifier.issn1442-7001
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/37070
dc.description.abstractPolicy-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.
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherBlackwell Publishing Ltd
dc.sourceEcological Management and Restoration
dc.subjectKeywords: Communication; Knowledge transfer; Policy; Science
dc.titleSome practical suggestions for improving engagement between researchers and policy-makers in natural resource management
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume9
dc.date.issued2008
local.identifier.absfor160507 - Environment Policy
local.identifier.absfor050209 - Natural Resource Management
local.identifier.ariespublicationU4279067xPUB144
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationGibbons, Philip, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationZammit, Charlie, Commonwealth Department of Environment, Water, Heritage & the Arts
local.contributor.affiliationYoungentob, Kara Nicole, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationPossingham, Hugh P, University of Queensland
local.contributor.affiliationLindenmayer, David, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationBekessy, Sarah, RMIT University
local.contributor.affiliationBurgmann, M A, University of Melbourne
local.contributor.affiliationColyvan, Mark, University of Sydney
local.contributor.affiliationConsidine, Margaret, Commonwealth Department of Environment, Water, Heritage & the Arts
local.contributor.affiliationFelton, Adam, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationHobbs, Richard J, Murdoch University
local.contributor.affiliationHurley, Karen, University of Queensland
local.contributor.affiliationMcAlpine, Clive, University of Queensland
local.contributor.affiliationMcCarthy, Michael, University of Melbourne
local.contributor.affiliationMoore, Joslin, University of Melbourne
local.contributor.affiliationRobinson, Doug, Trust for Australia
local.contributor.affiliationSalt, David, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationWintle, Brendan, University of Melbourne
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue3
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage182
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage186
local.identifier.doi10.1111/j.1442-8903.2008.00416.x
dc.date.updated2016-02-24T10:49:32Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-57649136899
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