One of our current aims at the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER) is to understand the norms, values and approaches that bridge global risk with policy engagement.
More specifically, to strengthen our capabilities in translation and application of our research into practical policy recommendations and proposals. Therefore, we have developed this report to help guide and enhance the policy engagement efforts of researchers at CSER and other global risk research institutions. Based on insights from academic experience, in this report readers will find: insights into academic perspectives
on policy engagement; definitions of terminology; study cases, topics in demand; institutions interested on global catastrophic risks; and skills; as well as a checklist and step-by-step guidance that may inspire and help you to lead your research activities towards more impactful policy engagements.
Through six cases of engagement with policy, CSER has identified a number of skills that are highly relevant to successful policy engagement: project management skills, communication skills, networking and interpersonal skills, expertise in specialist topic and familiarity with the policy research landscape, knowledge of parliamentary language and processes, knowledge of process for drafting bills and legislation and knowledge of policy-making and how to frame policy interventions in a palatable way.
Policy engagement can help you gain new skills, increase your network, and enhance the reputation of your institution and yourself. It can lead to research and funding opportunities, and enhance your future career options.
This work is part of our project A Science of Global Risk which is focused on safeguarding humanity’s long-term future by being rigorous and creative; open to diverse groups; and capable of producing concrete proposals for risk management that can be implemented within the existing policy landscape.