Josh McMullan is a CDP student at the University of Leicester and the National Archives researching British nuclear power and how it communicated with the British public. Prior to this he worked at the Wilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation (WISE) assisting research on Edwardian anti-slavery groups.
Bridging the Gap between the Public and your Research
Communicating your research across multiple audiences is one of the most important things that all academics must do. It creates further research opportunities, both in terms of finding new sources of information and increasing your chance of acquiring grants. It builds your academic profile, inside and outside of academia. Most important though is increasing your chance of generating impact. Creating an impact from your research, whether it social, cultural or political; impact not only helps the arts and humanities justify the use of taxpayers money, it can generate change for the public good.
This short presentation will explain how CDP students can not just disseminate their research but also generate impact. It will use general examples of how researchers can reach new audiences and maintain networks with existing ones. This will include creating an effective Twitter account, reaching out to different online blogs/non-academic publications, academic/non-academic conference talks etc. It will then include several examples of how I have disseminated various research projects I have been involved in, including my current PhD and how I have generated impact. This will include the impact I generated on a research project at the Wilberforce Institute for Slavery and Emancipation and a blog post I wrote for the LSE Brexit blog. These two examples will show the joy and challenges of disseminating your research as well as advice for other researchers on how they can learn from my experience. I will also discuss future plans to disseminate my research outside of academia including building a network of contacts at political party conferences and working with existing projects.