Engaging with Stakeholders (for Postdocs)




2:00PM - 4:30PM


Research & Enterprise,63 University road, Seminar room, 1st Floor




*Training for Postdocs*

This workshop will address the growing centrality of stakeholder engagement and engaged research processes in modern research, and will investigate the benefits of these processes for individual researchers and external partners alike. Presenters with academic and external stakeholder experience will discuss methods for undertaking stakeholder mapping and identification exercises, building stakeholder networks, and developing long term, mutually beneficial research relationships.  The workshop will also introduce the main themes and supports available to Post-Doctoral Researchers through the new University wide Engaged Research Action Plan, launched in December 2018.

Programme Objectives:

After attending the workshop we expect that attendees will:

  • understand better the key aspects of stakeholder engagement and its importance for researchers.
  • understand how best to identify and build strong and sustainable external research relationships.
  • Have greater knowledge of the opportunities and support available for stakeholder engagement at Queen’s.


James Dillon is the Research Impact Manager at Queen’s University Belfast.  He works with academic and professional services colleagues to help engender a culture of impact across the research base of the university, including advising on REF and research engagement activities.  James was involved in the development and delivery of the Queens’s University Engaged Research Action Plan in 2018 and is currently coordinating, with colleagues, its implementation.  Previously James has worked in political communication and advocacy in Northern Ireland. He also spent five years in Ulster University working with academics and major international agencies such as UNESCO and UNICEF, advising on stakeholder engagement and research impact.

James will be joined by members of the Research Impact team at the workshop, each with a dedicated Faculty focus, bringing experience and expertise both as academics and advisors for external organisations. They bring a wealth of knowledge, both theoretical and applied, which will be of great interest to all workshop attendees.


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