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The UK Parliament and research impact – everything you ever wanted to know but were afraid to ask


Do you want to know more about how the UK Parliament makes use of academic research? Want help thinking through strategies for influencing parliamentarians?

Well, look no further. In this talk I hope to share some of the insights I gained while working for the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee in the House of Commons and to share experience from the other side of the fence at Sussex on engaging with Parliament.

I want to make this session as useful as possible, so I’ve set up a short *anonymous* survey  In it, you can ask any questions – no matter how stupid you might think they are – that you would like me to address in the session. I will do my very best to answer them!


Jenny Bird is the Centre Manager for the Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand (CIED) at the University of Sussex.  Prior to joining CIED, she was a Senior Specialist for the House of Commons Energy and Climate Change Select Committee, where she managed Parliamentary inquiries on topics including electricity market reform, community energy, new nuclear, investment in UK energy infrastructure, marine renewables and energy security (among others). She has also worked as a Research Fellow for the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), where her research included projects on fuel poverty, climate change and social justice, personal carbon trading and public attitudes to road pricing. She holds a Masters in Leadership for Sustainable Development from Forum for the Future.