The International Eco-Cities Initiative would like to draw attention to the upcoming Graduate School annual lecture by a leading climate change researcher, on the relationship between research and the policy process.

Governments increasingly expect the research community to contribute to policy-making and political debate, under the banner of ‘creating social and economic impact’. To consider and debate how this works in practice, the Graduate School will be hosting Professor Jim Skea CBE as the guest speaker of this year’s annual lecture.

Professor Skea will explain how we can make the science-policy interface work, based on his extensive experience of advising both the UK government and the United Nations on one of the most pressing, if complex, policy issues of the 21st century: global climate change. The talk will explore how different modes of engagement – from statutory policy advice to informal policy deliberation – affect the relationship between researchers and the policy process. This is a unique opportunity to hear first-hand from a researcher who has successfully crossed the boundary between policy and politics.

The lecture and a Q&A session will be followed by a drinks reception.

Doctoral researchers, supervisors and the wider Graduate School community are all cordially invited to join us for this special occasion.

Tickets are free but please book your place