We are working with the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) on a project to explore how to improve engagement and collaboration between NGOs and academics on the natural environment. There's a strong appetite on both sides for closer working: to enable NGOs access to cutting edge academic research to inform their advocacy; and for academics to understand the relevance of their work to policy and service delivery.
Pressures of time, resources and different ways of working can mitigate against productive relationships. We are looking at how to overcome these barriers and maximise collaboration.
Green Alliance worked with NERC in 2013 to explore its existing relationships with NGOs. Under this new project we have run a workshop on food policy and research, trialling a knowledge exchange, and we are now mapping opportunities for NGOs to engage with NERC’s strategic decision making.
Contact Tamsin Cooper for more information