Relationships and networks have a big impact on parliamentary engagement. Understanding these dynamics is crucial for those academics looking to work with Parliament as part of disseminating their research. Marc Geddes, Katharine Dommett and Brenton Prosser outline why academics must be able to ‘rub shoulders’ with parliamentary staff, building shared understandings and personal trust which can circumvent common barriers around accessibility of research.
By Marc Geddes
I have been Communications Officer for the PSA Specialist Group on Parliaments for almost two years, and I have loved it. It has allowed me to engage with a range of academics, researchers, students and practitioners to help disseminate their research whilst also promoting the study of parliaments and legislatures across the UK. The main way that I have sought to do this is through our website, and especially through our blogs, which cover topical issues or overviews of legislatures. But why does this even matter? Why should parliamentary and legislative scholars be blogging? There are at least three reasons, and each relates to the audience that we are trying to engage: the public, practitioners, and academics.
The following job advertisement may be relevant to our members:
Politics and International Relations at the University of Edinburgh invites applications for a Lecturer or Senior Lecturer in British Politics. While all sub-fields of British Politics will be considered, preference may be given to those with research and teaching specialisms in institutions, policy making and legislative studies. You will have a research record with publications of international significance appropriate to the stage of their careers and must have a demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching. With a research profile at the cutting edge of British Politics, you will further the School’s international reputation for research and its commitment to excellence in teaching, and administration.
Do feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
All good wishes,
Ailsa Henderson, PhD
Professor of Political Science
Head, Politics & International Relations
University of Edinburgh
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On Monday, 02 November, the Research Impact and Parliament event was held. This was a great success, with great positive feedback. The event was about how academia’s research can have an impact on Parliament, which included some of our Specialist Group members who were there to showcase their research.