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Durham University

Durham Energy Institute


DEI are bringing DEI seminars to your home with our new online seminar series. Seminars will be held weekly and registration links are in the event links below.

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DEI Online Seminar Series: Evidence Based Policy Change

23rd September 2020, 13:00 to 14:30, Online over Zoom, Helen Goodman (DEI Advisory Board) & Matthew Gordon (PGES) & Jack Miller (POST)

This webinar is free and open to all. Please register via EventBrite

This webinar is focused on how to effect policy change and how to use research evidence to engage with Parliament, Government and Policy makers.

Examples of real-life policy impact in Energy and Environment areas will be used. You will hear directly from people working in and with Parliament about opportunities to feed your evidence and research into policy processes and ways to enhance this process.

You will also hear direct experiences of trying to make policy change happen from a former MP and a Durham University researcher: Helen Goodman will tell us about her efforts, as MP for Bishop Auckland, to raise the profile of Geothermal Energy in Parliament and Government Policy; and Professor Karen Johnson, from Durham University Engineering Department, will talk about her work with the Environmental Audit committee on soil health.

Target audience:

This event will be of interest to Researchers, PhD Students, Campaigning groups and Community Organisations.

Anyone who is interested in making policy-change happen and contributing evidence to policy processes.

You will find out about:

  • Understanding Government and Parliament
  • How research is used in the UK Parliament
  • How to engage with the UK Parliament, MPs and support bodies
  • How to work with All Party Parliamentary Groups and Select Committees
  • How to engage with Parliamentary Office for Science and Technology (POST)
  • Tips and advice on communicating your research for a parliamentary audience
  • Identifying opportunities to feed your research into Parliament’s work


Helen Goodman – Former MP for Bishop Auckland

Matthew Gordon – All-Party Parliamentary Group for Energy Studies

Jack Miller – Energy and Environment Adviser, Parliamentary Office for Science and Technology

Professor Karen Johnson - Professor in Environmental Engineering at Durham University

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