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15:30 - 19:00 27 October 2017

Challenges of Translating Research into Policy


Room 103 | Jeffery Hall
UCL Institute of Education (IOE), Bedford Way 20 | London | WC1H 0AL | United Kingdom

Open to: Public | Academic | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Open

Speaker information

Richard Bartholomew, ICLS advisor on policy relevance, Centre for Longitudinal Studies, UCL, Richard Bartholomew worked in government for many years as a social researcher advising ministers and policy officials, including in the Departments of Education and Employment where he was Chief Research Officer. He currently advises ICLS on the policy relevance of its work and also chairs the Strategic Advisory Board of the Centre for Longitudinal Studies at Institute of Education, UCL. He is editor of the Social Research Association’s methodology journal ‘Social Research Practice’ and is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.
Prof Kevin Fenton, Senior Advisor, Public Health England, London Borough of Southwark, Director for Health and Wellbeing, London Borough of Southwark Senior Advisor, Public Health England Honorary Professor, University College London and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine Professor Kevin Fenton is the Director for Health and Wellbeing at the London Borough of Southwark. In this role, which incorporates the statutory functions of the Director for Public Health, he works across the entire Council to champion and promote health, wellbeing, sustainability and equity in all policies and programmes. Key priorities include social regeneration, developing and supporting sustainable, high-quality and integrated health and social care systems, and improving health and reducing inequalities for all of Southwark’s residents
Professor Sir Michael G. Marmot MBBS, MPH, PhD, FR, Director of the Institute of Health Equity, UCL Department of Epidemiology & Public Health, Sir Michael Marmot is Professor of Epidemiology at University College London, and Immediate Past President of the World Medical Association. He is the author of The Health Gap: the challenge of an unequal world (Bloomsbury: 2015) and Status Syndrome: how your place on the social gradient directly affects your health (Bloomsbury: 2004). Professor Marmot holds the Harvard Lown Professorship for 2014-2017 and is the recipient of the Prince Mahidol Award for Public Health 2015. He has been awarded honorary doctorates from 18 universities. Marmot has led research groups on health inequalities for over 40 years. He chairs the Commission on Equity and Health Inequalities in the Americas.
Prof Sarah Hawkes, Professor of Global Public Health, Institute for Global Health, UCL, Prof Sarah Hawkes is professor of Global Public Health, and leads a research theme analysing the use of evidence in policy processes, particularly in relation to gender. She has lived and worked for much of the past 20 years in Asia, where she has gathered evidence, built capacity and helped develop policy for programmes focusing on gender, sexual health, non-communicable diseases and human rights. She works closely with national governments, civil society organisations, research partners, WHO and UNFPA in Asia and the Middle East. From 2012-1014 she was a Wellcome Trust Senior Fellow in International Public Engagement, and focused on the use of public engagement in policy processes.

This seminar, supported by the Early Career Forum of the IEHC, gathers a range of speakers with vast experience of the process of translating research into policy, both in the UK and other countries.

The aim of this event is to learn about how the policy impact process works, the challenges researchers face while trying to impact policy, and the ingredients of successful cases of research informing policy.


Helena Constante
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