Build a Bridge: Peter O’Brien’s tips to better connect research and policy

University of Canberra LogoPeter O’Brien, FRDC Director and Professorial Fellow at the University of Canberra’s Murray Darling Futures Program has written this interesting piece for The Conversation about improving government policy development by integrating specialist knowledge and research outcomes more effectively.
In an age where evidence based policy seems to be in decline; with some vitally important policy positions (Carbon Tax comes to mind) appearing more ideologically driven, this sort of close engagement between research and policy development can be a major contributor to a more sustainable and profitable future for us, our businesses, and our unique and valuable natural resources.
Our recently completed FRDC project examining How Social Acceptability of Wild Catch Fishing Influences Fishery Resource Access Decisions (FRDC Project 2012-301) also contains a wealth of information about how to engage more successfully with influential stakeholders in your industry to underpin improved business performance – particularly in a public or community acceptability context (or think Social Licence to Operate – SL2O).
By Andy Bodsworth

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