Achieving policy impact: a guide for Early-Career Researchers

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Early-career researchers (ECRs) face tremendous challenges and additional burden in demonstrating the “impact” of their research in the policy sphere, while coping with key challenges that are often unique to ECRs: job insecurity, extreme mobility, and reputation and professional networks that are still in development. This blog post by Megan Evans and Chris Cvitanovic on the London School of Economics and Political Sciences (LSE) Impact Blog suggests the various ways ECRs can better understand and influence policymaking in practice, through:

  • understanding your motives, articulate your impacts
  • identifying who is involved with policy processes, and why
  • building and maintaining your public profile
  • using social media
  • networking, and
  • seeking learning and development opportunities

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