Making a difference: engagement with policy and practice communities Making a difference: engagement with policy and practice communities

Researchers and academic staff in the School of International Development engage with a variety of stakeholders at different levels, including development policy-makers and practitioners, government departments in the UK and other countries, non-governmental and civil society organisations (NGOs and CSOs) and community-based organisations. More widely, DEV research seeks to increase understanding of development issues, generating and informing current debates by engaging with non-academic audiences through events and a presence in the media.

DEV staff engage in a wide range of activities to ensure research findings and expertise go beyond academia to influence development policy and practice. Examples include:


UEA has a small dedicated Community University Engagement team who are on hand to advise staff and students about different aspects of their engagement activity including ideas, planning, evaluation and impact. Financial and practical assistance is also available via a Small Expenses Fund and the loan of equipment such as audio recorders. You can find more information and case studies on the Community University Engagement website