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Evidence based policy change

(18 September 2020)

This webinar on Wednesday 23 September at 1pm 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. To register, please visit our web page.

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.

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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